Four light robots put through paces at Fort Benning to spot, disarm IEDs.

Image: Infantrymen and engineers steered four small robots around…


Infantrymen and engineers steered four small robots around the buildings and terrain at the McKenna Urban Operations Complex last week to get a better idea how they might help Soldiers in recon missions and the detection of improvised explosive devices.

It was part of the Ultra Light Reconnaissance Robot limited objective experiment sponsored by the Joint Improvised Explosive Device Defeat Organization. Fort Benning’s Maneuver Battle Lab conducted the assessment, which began Feb. 13 and ended Friday.

Key players also included the Robotic Systems Joint Products Office; Maneuver Support Center of Excellence from Fort Leonard Wood, Mo.; Maneuver Center of Excellence Counter Improvised Explosive Device training team and Marine Corps Warfighting Laboratory.

Project officials said robot weight, size and power requirements must be measured against its capabilities and limitations in defeating IED threats. Finding the right balance was a major focus area in the experiment.

Source: Vince Little for Fort Benning Public Affairs.

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