PITTSBURGH, May 25 (UPI) -- RE2 Robotics is to provide manipulation and ground robotics expertise for the U.S. Air Force's Rapid Airfield Damage Repair program.
The services come under a three-year $3.3 million subcontract from a division of Applied Research Associates Inc., located at Tyndall AFB in Panama City, Florida.
"It is highly likely, if an airfield is attacked, that unexploded ordnance, debris, and extensive damage would need to be assessed and mitigated before steps could be taken to repair the site," said Jorgen Pedersen, president and chief executive officer of RE2 Robotics. "The primary goal of the RADR program is to keep humans out of harm's way by rapidly and remotely assessing, mitigating, and repairing airfield damage with mobile ground robotic systems. This is where we come in and provide our mobile robotics expertise."
RE2 said it will work with Applied Research Associates and the Air Force to identify reach, lift, weight, and dexterity requirements for RADR-specific manipulator arms. The company's DM4-A2 mobile manipulator and ForeRunner high-speed ground robotic platform will be utilized for demonstration and requirements generation purposes.
Additional sub-contract details were not disclosed.