RE2, a developer of smart modular manipulation systems, declared that over 100 DS1-MA robotic manipulator arms will be supplied to MacroUSA, who will integrate them into the Armadillo Micro Unmanned Ground Vehicle (MUGV).
The units will be delivered to Afghanistan for testing and assessment in the beginning of 2012. The robotic system will offer a lightweight yet strong MUGV to the general infantry.
As a part of a Joint Urgent Operational Need (JUON) appeal for enhanced robotic capabilities, the Department of Defense’s Joint IED Defeat Organization (JIEDDO) will assess the Armadillo and DS1-MA manipulator arm.
Afghanistan troops need a lightweight and throwable robot that can be utilized to conduct reconnaissance assignments, clear structures, and counter IEDs at the time of dismounted operations.
According to Jorgen Pedersen, President and Chief Executive Officer of RE2, the shipment of the DS1-MA robotic manipulator arms represents a significant goal for the company. The company’s aim was to design a technology that can be set up and utilized by the troops for saving lives. Pedersen added that product assessment is necessary to promote wider adoption of the manipulation system in the field.
The DS1-MA manipulation technology boosts the utility and movement of the Armadillo. It weighs approximately 4 lbs with a lift capacity of about 10 lb. The man-transportable system features an actuated camera mast that offers an aerial view to the operator and at the same time manipulates objects, has the capability to look under motor vehicles and offers a high vantage point while driving.
The system, including the DS1-MA manipulator arm, Armadillo Micro UGV, and operator control unit, can be broken down easily and quickly.