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 PiquepailleZDNetAus Robot
(the company behind SPIKER's development)