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The TALON Military Robot

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posted on Mar, 6 2007 @ 02:48 PM
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The TALON® robot is a battery powered, track-based mobile platform that has been specifically designed for irregular and challenging terrain.

The robot is relatively light (man-transportable), but stable and maneuverable in varying ground conditions. It can be configured into different sizes and functions, including stealthy reconnaissance, intruder attack, underwater surveillance and remote sensor/monitoring. The basic platform is designed to be physically compatible with related hardware, weapons and sensor systems. More than 80 different payloads have been developed or adapted and mounted on the TALON robot platform including the following lethal and non-lethal payloads:

Gripper manipulator.
Smoke dropping module.
Grenade dropping module.
Breaching tool.
Night vision camera.
NBC sensors.
UXO/countermine systems/sensors.
Anti-Tank (AT4) launcher.
Light Anti-Tank Weapon (LAW) launcher.
40-mm grenade launcher (M203 barrel).
12-gauge shotgun.
Mounts for remotely controlled weapons including: M240; M249: M16; M82A1 (50-cal).

A smaller version of the TALON robot is available for reconnaissance missions where a low profile platform is required for stealth. Another version is used for underwater missions including inspection of the surf zone and countermine operations. TALON robots have been used in Special Operations missions including EOD and reconnaissance operations in Bosnia, Afghanistan and Iraq. They were used in search and recovery missions at the World Trade Center after the Sept. 11 attack.

The robots are designed as rugged, all-weather platforms capable of operating reliably in desert or beach sand, snow, water, grassy or wooded terrain, and inside buildings. TALON robots are untethered and remotely operated, able to climb stairs, sustain falls and right themselves, and can be lowered into a landing zone from a helicopter, dropped from moving vehicles and thrown overboard offshore. The TALON robot is the only mobile platform currently certified by the Department of Defense for remotely controlled live firing of lethal weapons.




posted on Mar, 6 2007 @ 04:12 PM
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I've seen those on tv, pretty cool pice of a hardware.

You guys ever heard of a "sniper robot"/platform that was used by NATO forces in Balkans in the early-mid '90's ?
Had a .50 mounted on it if I'm not mistaken.
There was a paper written on it.. basicly how to spot, and neutralize it, don't think I have it anymore.



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