Our current crop of military robots includes some of the familiar small, tank-like unmanned ground vehicles (UGVs) that move on treads or wheels. It also includes more specialized types like large autonomous vehicles that can drive themselves and carry big loads, along with remote-controlled versions of earth-moving machines.
Other military robots have wings and can be launched by hand or by tube. Larger versions have vertical takeoff and landing (VTOL) abilities and can be sent to and from otherwise inaccessible locations. Most of these robots carry a wide range of audio, video, sensor, and communications abilities. One being developed by the US Navy carries its own fuel cell.
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The remote-controlled Avatar III tactical robot for first responders and SWAT teams has a 328-yard operating range. It includes a front-mounted drive camera, a high-intensity front headlight, an infrared light, a 360-degree pan-tilt-zoom camera, and a composite chassis that resists shock and water. The robot has secure WiFi for live video and audio transmission, as well as two-way audio operation and video and audio recording capability. Multiple robots can be run simultaneously on separate wireless channels. Front and rear flippers help the Avatar III climb stairs at inclines of up to 60 degrees and right itself if turned upside down. It can navigate multiple terrain types, including dirt, grass, sand, gravel, clothing, and water. The robot weighs 25 lb and measures 24.41 x 15.35 x 6.14 inches. (Source: Robotex)
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