Australia's SPIKER anti-IED robot

Australia's SPIKER anti-IED robot

Postby Markus Waibel on 07 Nov 2008, 09:01

AusRobot anti improvised explosive device robot
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Australia's Defense department has unveiled a new robot to support its troops. SPIKER is a remotely controlled tracked robot to counter improvised explosive devices (IEDs). Similar in appearance to the Talon robots produced by Foster-Miller and successfully deployed in Iraq, the SPIKER uses tracks to move around and climb up stairs. It can be equipped with a range of instruments to investigate and detonate IEDs. Each robot is likely to cost about 12000 Euros (15,000 US dollars), which is, as Roland Piquepaille points out on his blog, about a tenth of the cost of existing robots able to do a similar job.

Links around the web:
Australia's DSTO
Roland Piquepaille
Aus Robot (the company behind SPIKER's development)
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Re: Australia's SPIKER anti-IED robot

Postby jcbrown on 08 Oct 2010, 07:51

Wow! Now that is what I would call something hot! This toy kind of looking thing means serious business, I guess. The anti-IED robot is really going to be a wonderful spike in the Australian military forces and soon it is going to be followed on other nations as well, probably in the developing ones. However, the insurance of getting the job done using its anti IED technology is still something yet to be found out!
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