breaching

iRobot released today new video of its Warrior robot, a beefed up version of the more well-known PackBot, demonstrating use of the APOBS, or Anti-Personnel Obstacle Breaching System, an explosive line charge towed by a rocket, with a small parachute holding back the end of the line. The APOBS, iRobot says, is designed for “deliberate breaching of anti-personnel minefields and multi-strand wire obstacles.”

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More Info available – HERE

Pretty neat idea.  The 0.6 meter (2 feet) path it creates seems awfully narrow though, especially if you are using it to clear a path in a mine field. Definitely not wide enough for a vehicle to go through.

Let me know when the more affordable Roomba gets equipped with weaponry, then i’ll buy one. :P

iRobot Warrior website – HERE

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[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lbZJXrtr0YY[/youtube]

Thank god for good trigger control, on behalf of the guy that got knocked over.  At 15 seconds he muzzle sweeps his entire team before he gets up and joins them.

It was pretty awesome when just as the SUV was driving away to yank the wall off, a lady opened the door, only to have it slam shut and hit the ground with the entire wall a second later.

Thanks to JP for the video!

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