China’s chemical defense technology group, under the Chinese People’s Liberation Army’s (PLA) Nanjing Military Area Command, (MAC) has unveiled a robot capable of performing chemical defense investigation operations.
The remote control robot was demonstrated on the drill site by a technical staff. The robot climbed a staircase, circumvented obstacles and transmitted real time information on hazardous gas leakage in the storehouse, facilitating immediate locking up of the source releasing the dangerous gas.
The chemical defense technology group took five years to develop the robot. They faced several major technical issues during the development phase.
Han Yili, Chief Researcher and Senior Engineer of the Chemical Defense Technology Group, has stated that the two parts of the chemical reconnaissance robot include a movable platform and an operator’s controller. He mentioned that the robot includes a nuclear radiation detector, wireless communication device and infrared and ultrasonic range-determination sensors. He added that the other features of the robot include compact size, rapid movement, lightweight and high intellectual skills.
The robot can be used to perform several tasks like investigation, determination of nuclear emission, biological and chemical contagions, sample-handing and working in highly polluted areas that are dangerous for humans.