The Army’s Latest Unmanned Bomb Detector

Take a break from all the Iran-Sentinel drone drama this week and check out this video showing one of the Army’s latest anti-IED technologies. Basically, it’s remotely controlled version of a standard Bobcat construction vehicle equipped with various bomb detection and disposal tools. Developed and fielded by the Army’s Rapid Equipping Force, the little vehicle is designed to travel ahead of dismounted troops on trails that are too small to accommodate MRAP sized IED detection gear. One version of the Bobcat, dubbed the Marsupial Unmanned Ground Vehicle Sensor Package, even carries its own little robot that can be sent to examine bomb found by Bobcat’s sensors.

The video above shows three versions of the robo-tractors designed to detect and help disarm IEDs. Click through the jump to see a version of the Bobcat called the Minotaur being used by U.S. troops in Afghanistan.

7 Comments on "The Army’s Latest Unmanned Bomb Detector"

  1. Interesting very interesting and must be much cheaper than a MRAP or a crappy JLTV idea.

  2. Qinetiq (UK) make great products. Shame they cannot curb development costs. Still a fine piece of kit that should hopefully save lives.

  3. The only caveat of this equipment is that Bobcats tend to be low speed, so convoys move at the speed of the unmanned bobcat. If our opponents truly do have teleoperation jamming equipment, then they could conceivably shut it down from afar, and use that to initiate an ambush.

  4. If we're going with teleoperated Bobcats, why are we still dithering around with MULE again? Might as well use teleoperated Gators to carry gear and save us some money.

  5. Sounds interesting. About how many are they going to buy?

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