Posted on December 24, 2018
This comes from a contract for 56 robots totaling £55 million. The Harris Corporation’s T7 unmanned ground vehicle (UGV) are said to be equipped with high-definition cameras, lightning-fast datalinks, an adjustable manipulation arm, and tough all-terrain treads, allowing them to neutralise a wide range of explosive threats. The robot underwent an 8 week acceptance trial in the UK and the US where it was put through its paces.
Defence Secretary Gavin Williamson said:
“These robots will go on to be an essential piece of kit, preventing harm to innocent civilians and the brave operators who make explosives safe. The robots will provide the Army with the latest bomb-disposal technology and will prove to be trusted companions both on UK streets and in deadly conflict zones.”
The robots have been procured by Defence Equipment and Support, the MOD’s procurement organisation, under Project Starter. The deal was announced in September 2017 at the Defence and Security Equipment International Exhibition in London. Wheelbarrow Mk8B remote-controlled EOD robots will retire from service in 2020.