Army to use new “Chris H.” robots to disarm, and dispose of bombs
The US Army will soon have a new fleet of explosive ordinance disposal (EOD) robots, and they go by a certain name: “Chris H.”
Known as the Common Robotic System- Heavy (or “Chris H.” for short), the new robots will become a useful (albeit heavy) tool in the EOD Soldier’s toolbox when it comes to navigating the “hurt locker.”
“The Army is modernizing robotic and autonomous capabilities with a family of enduring systems that leverage the best of available commercial technology critical to giving Soldiers overmatch in future contingencies,” explained Timothy G. Goddette, the Army’s program executive officer for Combat Support & Combat Service Support. “The current approach allows the Army to focus resources on fast-changing payload technology, rather than having to replace entire systems — meaning Soldiers can access new technology faster and can buy more of what the Army really requires.”
With around a $109 million contract, the FLIR Systems-made robot will start hitting Army inventories by the third quarter of FY2020.
According to Defence Blog, the CRS-H can run for around 7 hours, move at about 6 MPH, clear 32-inch obstacles and weighs around 700 pounds.
The CRS-H has multiple cameras and runs off of a secure frequency.
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