There is no doubt that technology has benefited the human race to a great extent and year by year, it just getting better. And talking about innovations like Bomb Disposal robots, it has always been the need of the hour as numerous armed personnel loose their lives while dealing with explosives.
Currently, witnessing so many advancements coming into the defense arena, it feels really good. After all its not only an Army man’s duty to serve the nation.
However, over the decades, bomb disposal robots have witnessed tremendous transformations and today’s bomb disposal robots are way more advanced and effective. Here is the compilation list of the world’s famous bomb-defusing robots.
Bomb disposal was one of the first practical applications for robotics. Peter Miller created the first bomb disposal robot Wheelbarrow . He is a retired Lieutenant-Colonel of the British Army’s Royal Tank Regiment. And it is the oldest tank unit in the world.
The brainchild of Peter Miller, Wheelbarrow came into action when the Royal Army Ordnance Corps (RAOC) lost eight Ammunition Technical Officers (ATO) on active duty in Northern Ireland. The robot is equipped with a Pigstick. Pigstick is a device which fires an explosively-propelled jet of water to disrupt the circuitry of a bomb and disable it. Major Robert John Wilson Patterson invented Pigstick.
The collaboration of a wheelbarrow and Pigstick took the world by storm. The invention of this bomb defusing robot was one the most vital at that time and saved hundreds of lives. Since inception, wheelbarrow went through many upgrades, the latest upgrade is the Wheelbarrow Revolution which comes with a 360-degree arm that can be load with several other types of equipment. That is not all, Wheelbarrow Revolution can also climb stairs.
It is by India’s Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO). Daksh is a remotely controlled robot for locating, handling, and destroying hazardous objects safely. Daksh is almost similar to wheelbarrow as it also has some of the same features. You can control it over a range of 500m in the line of sight or within buildings
This Indian bomb defusing robot primarily focuses on improvised explosive devices (IEDs). Using X-ray vision, Daksh identifies IDEs and pick them up with the gripper arm and disables it with a jet of water. Daksh is also loaded with a shotgun that can be used to take targets down and open locked doors.
MarkV-A1 or Mark5-A1 is another top-tier bomb-defusing robot. It is the brainchild of the Northrop Grumman. Markv-A1 was primarily created to handle potential hazards and explosives from outside the danger zone.
This 790 pounds robot has a speed of 3.5 mph and is equipped with a camera that has a 26x optical zoom and 12x digital zoom. With a grip of about 50 pounds of force, the arm of MarkV-A1 can lift up to a 60-pound weight when fully extended. Also, despite the low speed, this robot can travel up inclines to about 45 degrees and has the ability to ascend and descend staircases.
MarkV-A1 also takes down enemies. In 2016, Dallas police used MarkV-A1 to kill a gunman who fatally shot five officers.
Another top-class bomb defusing robot is Harris T7. US defense contractor Harris created T7, equipped with high-definition cameras, datalinks, and an adjustable manipulation arm, to mitigate and neutralize explosive threats.
Harris T7 has a haptic feedback function that provides operators with human-like dexterity. With an intuitive control interface, the robot ensures that the operator gets a high degree of command and control. The robot also has several other attachments that help in detecting IDEs planted in vehicles or anywhere else.