Anti-terror robots debut in China

The toy-sized robots specialise in reconnaissance, armed attack, moving and defusing a bomb

Beijing: Amid increasing terror attacks at home and abroad, a Chinese firm has introduced three robots specialising in reconnaissance, armed attack and moving and defusing a bomb.

Visitors watching a robot (C) at the World Robot Conference in Beijing on Nov 24. Pic/AFP
Visitors watching a robot (C) at the World Robot Conference in Beijing on Nov 24. Pic/AFP

The toy-sized robots, which made their debut at the 2015 World Robot Conference yesterday, can coordinate with each other on the battlefield. The scout, or reconnaissance robot, is responsible for field detection through camera or sensor, Wu Yanpeng, an engineer at HIT Robot Group, developer of the robots said.

Made of aluminum alloy and industrial plastic, the small EOD robot is especially designed for soldiers working alone. It can be carried on the back of a single soldier.

The robot is designed to carry minor-caliber weapons, recoilless rifles and grenade launchers. With a sighting telescope, a trigger and a safe installed, the attacker can hit its target from a long distance.

12 kg
The weight of the robots, which are made of aluminum alloy and industrial plastic

Rs 1.5 crore
The price of a set of three robots that can carry minor-caliber weapons and rifles

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