Marine Corps Deploys Robotic for Underwater EOD
A Marine explosive ordnance disposal technician releases a remotely operated automobile into the water.
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An unmanned system is giving the Marine Corps eyes and arms to neutralize explosive threats underwater.
In September, Marine Corps Techniques Command started fielding an explosive ordnance disposal remotely operated automobile — a box-shaped robotic that enables Marines to determine and neutralize explosive threats from a distance.
Designed by Strategic Robotic Techniques Fusion of Redmond, Washington, the system is outfitted with high-definition video capabilities and an articulator arm, which decreases the dangers posed throughout advanced and tiring underwater operations, stated Grasp Sgt. Matthew Jackson, a workers non-commissioned officer in control of the first EOD Firm’s Littoral Explosive Ordnance Neutralization part.
“There’s all the things from hazards, risks from currents, water temperature — [the platform] mitigates all this by being a robotic system that doesn’t get hungry, doesn’t get drained,” Jackson stated in an interview. “All it’s important to do is put batteries in it after which you’ll be able to hold the person away from the minefield.”
The robotic can swim to depths of as much as 1,000 ft and is supplied with each sound navigation and sonar sensors for elevated situational consciousness in low visibility underwater environments, he stated.
Past disarming explosives, Jackson stated the system is helpful in different doubtlessly hostile or harmful environments. For instance, the robotic might survey areas after pure disasters or examine sunken vessels.
The platform additionally requires much less coaching to function in comparison with different unmanned underwater techniques, based on the service.
“As an alternative of sending a Marine to a course for seven or eight weeks, it takes about 4 days to be taught fundamental operations for profitable employment,” Jackson stated.
The machine is the primary of the Littoral Explosive Ordnance Neutralization Household of Techniques, a collection of EOD techniques to be fielded progressively by Marine Corps Techniques Command within the subsequent a number of years. The platforms will present assist within the underwater setting, “together with bringing communications topside from the underwater setting up and out to anyplace that we have to pipe the info,” Jackson stated.
Subjects: Marine Corps Information