ReconRobotics aims to broaden Throwbot 2 capabilities
ReconRobotics displayed its Throwbot 2 (TB2) UGV at the Modern Day Marine (MDM) exhibition in Washington DC on 10-12 May.
A company representative explained to Shephard that plans are in place to expand the throwable system’s capabilities to transport additional payloads.
The TB2 is a wheeled, tactical micro-UGV that can be utilised for surveillance operations. The system comes in different variations, including a Rugged XL and Recon XL in carry and tow configurations.
The basic system has a maximum range of 45m indoors or 137m outdoors, with a default weight of about 600g and a travelling speed of 0.6 m/s.
A TB2 system includes an Operator Control Unit II with a tested run-time of 120min and the robot itself comes with a video and one-way audio system.
ReconRobotics representatives explained that the company is looking to add different types of payloads to the TB2 to enhance its capabilities. At MDM, the company showcased a TB2 with a speaker attached to it, which allows for two-way communications.
TB2 is specifically designed to be extremely rugged and durable. ‘A soldier can carry it in a pouch and then throw it,’ a company representative explained, as the platform can withstand repeated 9m drops.
Originally designed in 2018, the TB2 is already operated by the US military and law enforcement agencies. Other customers around the world include Australia, Brazil, Canada, France, Germany, the Netherlands, New Zealand, the Philippines, Switzerland, Thailand, the UK, Ukraine, and Vietnam.
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