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Photos: Robots engage their Talons for mine explosion

Swivelling arms protecting troops
By Nick Heath, Contributor on
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Swivelling arms protecting troops

With a seven-foot reach and able to lift 65 pounds, the Talon IV robot can remove explosives from inside bins and truck cabs, and clear debris covering improvised explosive devices (IEDs).

A total of 2,500 of older Talon robot models are deployed within the US military in Iraq and Afghanistan for tasks such as IED disposal.

Dr William Ribich, president of QinetiQ's US Technology Solutions Group, said in a statement: "Our Talon IV Engineer robot, with its extra strength and reach expands the capabilities of troops to remotely clear routes, minefields or other hazardous areas.

"And as with other Talon models it gives them the ability to see inside and around vehicles and other barriers, helping increase their overall safety."

Here the robot shows off some of its enhanced strength by picking up a concrete block.

Photo credit: QinetiQ

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The Talon IV's full swivel manipulator arm, seen extended here, is able to carry a portable mine detector to allow searches to be conducted remotely.

Since the Talon family of robots' initial deployment in 2000, the range has expanded to include small, medium and large machines devoted to specific tasks, such as IED disposal, reconnaissance, hazardous materials detection, combat engineering support and aiding Special Weapons and Tactics teams.

The Talon robots have all-weather, day/night capabilities and can navigate virtually any type of terrain.

Photo credit: QinetiQ

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