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New flash-bang capability for Throwbot 2

16th August 2019 - 10:30 GMT | by The Shephard News Team

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Liberty Dynamic and ReconRobotics have announced that they are collaborating on adapting the latter’s tactical Throwbot 2 UGV with an Enhanced Diversionary Device.

By integrating a flash-bang explosive capability, the military as well as law enforcement users including hostage rescue, special reaction and SWAT teams will be able to save time before detonation, as well as benefit from real-time intelligence. 

This is now being added to ReconRobotics’ Throwbot 2, a 1.3lb UGV that can be thrown over walls and into rooms, allowing operators to monitor an area of interest without exposing themselves to threats, a system that is operated by military and law enforcement units. 

‘It's all about achieving tactical dominance,’ John Chapman, CEO of Liberty Dynamic, said.

‘Legacy flash-bangs are supposed to be safe…but their chemical detonators can sometimes 'cook off' too early. They can also cause fires and secondary fragmentation because they burn very hot and explode on the ground.’

Liberty Dynamic’s Enhanced Diversionary Device was unveiled in January 2019, and is a reusable, microprocessor-controlled flash-bang designed to be safer and more economical than the standard stun grenades currently used by police officers and military personnel.

It has a digital fuse for precise, programmable detonation, firing into free space, resulting in a loud and blinding airburst, but without lifting secondary debris from the floor.

‘This has made the Enhanced Diversionary Device very attractive for law enforcement and special operators as well as other platform-makers,’ Chapman added.

‘That's why we are so excited by the idea of working with Liberty Dynamic,’ Mack Traynor, CEO for ReconRobotics, noted. 

‘The partnership demonstrates our commitment to continue to develop products that protect personnel from hidden threats, enhance mission planning and execution. and minimise collateral damage for our users.’

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