13 Oct '17, 1am

“This is the crux of it: Send a robot in where you don’t want to send a human.” https://t.co/iW0o9ZzswO

WASHINGTON — The Army is buying hundreds of ground robots that could bolster the way soldiers respond to nuclear, biological and chemical threats. More than 1,200 Man Transportable Robotic System Increment II robots from Endeavor Robotics are included in the $100 million contract, which has an option for an additional $58.5 million. The MTRS is part of the Army’s effort to standardize robotic systems in order to ease logistics and program-cost burdens from fielding too many separate robots — each with its own operating system and maintenance requirements. “During recent conflicts, the Army purchased more than 7,000 unique robotic systems,” Bryan McVeigh, the Army’s project manager for force projection, said in a press release about the contract, awarded in September. “That gave soldiers the capabilities they needed, and it was the right thing to do for the mission. But we ...

Full article: https://www.stripes.com/army-s-new-robots-protect-soldier...

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