The Future of EOD: Leaner, Laser-Armed Robots

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December 5, 2016 | Originally published by Date Line: December 5 on

Kicking down doors is high risk in the fight against terrorism because insurgents are likely to rig trap doors, tunnels or entry ways with lethal explosives.

The Explosive Ordnance Disposal techs may soon use lasers to dispose of explosive devices.

The plan is to position the lasers on top of an MRAP, or Mine-Resistant Ambush Protected vehicle.

The Air Force announced in May it’s working with RE2 Robotics, which is developing a robotics system to inspect airfields for unexploded improvised explosive devices, or IEDs, under the service’s rapid airfield damage repair program. A future development would be for the robot to use lasers.