The US Air Force wants to buy a big robot to help with bomb disposal


A year after the U.S. Army awarded a contract to build a heavy-duty robot able to dispose of bombs and other explosives, the Air Force is looking for its own system — and it wants to see what’s on the market before committing to purchasing what the Army buys.

The Air Force in October released a solicitation for a large explosive ordnance disposal robot, a commercial off-the-shelf system equipped with a maneuverable arm and a camera system that can function in all terrain types, environments and weather conditions.

An Air Force spokesman declined to confirm how many companies submitted bids for the program, which were due Nov. 20.

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Source: Defense News