Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) is a major area of concern within all three branches
of the military, and the use of Kraft manipulator arms in EOD operations has been very
successful. The clearing of unexploded bombs, artillery shells and other ordnance is
extremely dangerous, and Kraft force feedback manipulator arms have been successfully
used to perform such delicate tasks as dissecting unexploded smart bombs, to remove
their electronic brain.
In the war on terrorism, Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs), have become one of the
greatest threats to government officials and military personnel world wide. As a weapon
of terror, the IED is an insidious device, low tech, cheep to build, and capable of being
detonated from a remote location, using something as simple as a garage door opener.
In Iraq, IEDs, snipers, and land mines kill and wound more solders than any other terrorist
weapon, and the best defence against all three, is the use of robotic technology to
remove man from harms way.
Kraft manipulator arms mounted on radio controlled vehicles, have successfully
demonstrated their ability to replace human hands, in dealing with unexploded devices.
The All-purpose Remote Transport System (ARTS) is used by the US Air Force for
explosive ordnance disposal (EOD) operations. Using two Kraft force feedback
manipulator arms, a remote operator routinely disarms and disassembles unexploded
smart bombs and other ordnance. ARTS is also used within other branches of the
military and by US government agencies to remove man from harms way. (Photo
courtesy of U.S Air Force, Eglin A.F.B. Florida).
US Air Force "ARTS" vehicle, equipped with dual Raptor force feedback manipulator arms for the remote handling of unexploded ordnance.
(Photos courtesy of ARA)
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