2022-10-02

What kind of robot dogs “Spot” will be used in Ukraine for demining?

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Information has appeared on the web from a source that the US army will provide one of its two Spot robotic dogs for demining in the Kyiv region. A demining company with several US government contracts to work in Ukraine will use a robot dog to clear mortar shells and cluster munitions near Kyiv. 

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How does it work? 

With the help of a robotic assistant, mortar shells, as well as cluster munitions, will be neutralized. Using a robotic arm, Spot will be able to assist in hauling unexploded ordnance. This will allow them to be blown up away from civilians in batches of 50 to 100 shells. The robot can also be used to easily move something far enough to a place where it can be safely detonated along with other projectiles.

Spot can be trained to automatically perform certain tasks without human assistance, such as turning it on and off anything. 

Tests

Boston Dynamics began selling its Spot robot in the summer of 2020. Prior to this, for many years the device was tested and finalized exclusively within the walls of the manufacturer. In tests last year, Spot performed well with small variable projectiles like those seen throughout Ukraine. 

Because the robot dog will operate in less predictable environments such as minefields, country roads and fields, its operators manually controlled the dog in trials. Within 10-15 minutes, she successfully collected and did not drop the raised ammunition.

Boston Dynamics did not comment on the transfer of the robot dog to the HALO Trust, the mine clearing company. According to the company's director of marketing and communications, Spot — it is an effective tool for protecting people from danger, and the robot is often used to inspect potentially dangerous materials from a safe distance. The company's terms and conditions do not allow a robot to be armed or used for purposes of harm or intimidation, he added. The U.S. Army Future Command, which approved the transfer of the dog, did not respond to multiple requests for comment.

In 2019, Massachusetts Police Departments loaned a Spot robot to remotely monitor suspicious areas or locations. 

Benefits

It takes about a month and a half to train sappers, but the robot dog is ready for work right away. In addition, many Ukrainian demining personnel fled or were sent to “plug holes” at the front. 

More robots

Deminers are increasingly using equipment in the field, such as wire cutting machines and ground penetrating radar, to increase their productivity and reduce the risk of explosions. The US Army is funding the Common Robotic System, a small crawler robot that can clear buildings of bombs and identify enemies for infantry squads before close combat. Other units favor the Increment II, a six-wheeled man-portable robotic system that can be manually operated.

The Swiss Mine Action Fund will procure seven-tonne MV-4 robots that can traverse mined areas and clear vegetation that could hide unexploded ordnance left over from the fighting.

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