UNMANNED SYSTEMS: Navy Working on a “Family” of Bomb Disposal Robots

February 14, 2013 at 12:51 am Leave a comment

Developing AEODRS

ARLINGTON, Va. – Navy researchers are working on a project to develop three classes of robotic bomb disposal ground vehicles using a common open architecture.

A prototype of the AEODRS bomb disposal robot.(Photo courtesy of AUVSI)

A prototype of the AEODRS bomb disposal robot.
(Photo courtesy of AUVSI)

The Advanced Explosive Ordnance Disposal Robotic System program, known as AEODRS, is working on a family of ground robots ranging from a 35-pound ‘bot that a sailor or Marine could carry in a backpack to one weighing several hundred pounds that, when mounted on a vehicle, could respond to explosives threats at airfields and bases. A third version, or increment, would be a 160-pound unmanned ground vehicle.

Brian Brezina, technical project manager of AEODRS, explained the expected cost savings the program could produce Tuesday (Feb. 12) at an unmanned systems conference. The three-day review of government programs for ground, air and maritime systems is sponsored by the Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International (AUVSI), a robotics industry trade group.

To see the rest of my story, visit the Navy League/Seapower magazine website.

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