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Israel says new robot in the works

July 25, 2012 at 7:58 AM

TEL AVIV, Israel, July 25 (UPI) -- Israel's military is developing a robot that will move on its own and detonate explosive devices.

The Israeli military said the robot being developed makes use of a variety of engineering capabilities to overcome ground obstacles, a navigation system for movement, an explosives detection system and various detonation methods.

"The system will be used as a preliminary engineering tracker in urban settings and open fields," the Israeli military said.

"The operator will identify a suspicious area and the robot will be able to calculate and carry out a series of necessary operations in order to get to the spot.

"Without using a joystick to direct it, the robot will scan the area, locate explosives or mines and detonate them."

The announcement from the Israeli military was unclear on the system's stage of development. Details on technologies employed, the robot's physical dimensions and the expected date at which it will become operational with Israeli ground forces were not disclosed.

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