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Australia requests new C-IED robots

23rd July 2021 - 20:28 GMT | by Tim Fish in Auckland

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The Talon UGV was originally developed by Foster-Miller, now owned by QinetiQ North America (QNA), under the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency's Tactical Mobile Robots programme. (Photo: Wikicommons)

As its existing counter-IED robots near the end of their service lives, the Australian Defence Force is looking for a mix of new innovative platforms that can replace these essential capabilities.

The Australian Capability Acquisition and Sustainment Group (CASG) has released an RfT for new land Remote Positioning Vehicles (RPVs).

Released on 22 July, the RfT for Project Land 154 Phase 4 outlined a requirement for three different classes of RPV to enhance Australian Defence Force (ADF) search and neutralisation capabilities in EOD missions.

The ADF needs 40 light, 80 medium and 30 heavy RPV variants that will replace the in-service Dragon Runner (light), Talon (medium) and TeoDor (heavy). These in-service platforms are used to neutralise IEDs but they are approaching their out-of-service dates.

The light RPV described in the RfT is a small robot …

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