US Air Force recruits 70 bomb-busting ‘bots

Posted by Trent Nouveau

The US Air Force is recruiting 70 Small Unmanned Ground Vehicles (SUGV) to help airmen dispose of lethal explosive ordnance in the field.

The SUGV - manufactured by iRobot and Boeing - is designed to provide troops with real-time awareness of critical situations, while allowing them to complete missions from safe "standoff" distances.

Indeed, the combat hardened SUGV has already proven its worth on today’s fast-paced battlefield.

"The SUGV is ideal for a variety of mission types, including EOD, route clearance and reconnaissance," explained iRobot rep Robert Moses.

"[But beyond that], the military is [constantly] finding new ways to implement this game-changing technology - all in an effort to increase mission success and keep warfighters safe.”