U.S. military rapidly deploying robots to Afghanistan in hopes to mitigate foot patrol attacks.

The military is rushing robots and other cutting-edge equipment to…

The military is rushing robots and other cutting-edge equipment to Afghanistan in an effort to protect troops on foot patrol who have been the target of a record number of attacks this year.

The equipment includes small robots that can be tossed over walls and through windows into homes, allowing troops to look for bombs in areas they cannot see. The robots transmit images to troops waiting at a safe distance.

The military is sending 650 of the small robots, called Recon Scouts, to Afghanistan at a cost of about $13.4 million. Some have already arrived.

Troops on foot patrol are particularly vulnerable to hidden bombs, which are the leading cause of casualties among U.S. troops. Afghanistan’s primitive roads and mountainous terrain require Marines and soldiers to spend a lot of time walking.

Source: Tom Vanden Brook and Gregg Zoroya for USA Today.

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