JAN 28, 2019 6:27 PM PST

The Air Force Uses These High-Tech Robots to Disarm Unexploded Bombs

WRITTEN BY: Anthony Bouchard

It’s estimated that more than 100 million unexploded bombs are lying dormant around the globe, and as you might come to expect, the pucker factor is very real when you’re anywhere near these potentially-volatile pieces of artillery. 

Given the dangers associated with approaching such an object, you can bet that the United States Air Force does everything in its power to keep its service personnel safe. Using their seemingly-limitless funds, the military purchases high-end robots like these to sniff out and disarm potentially-hazardous unexploded bombs.

These robots are equipped with state-of-the-air equipment, including tank-like tracks, remote-controlled robotic arms, and high-definition cameras that enable a service member to disarm an unexploded bomb from a safe distance. In the off-chance that an unexploded bomb finally goes off, the only thing that would get hurt during one of these initiatives is the robot, which is easy to replace.

These robots vary in size – some are less than five pounds and can be thrown into buildings to scope the place out, while others are much more massive and capable of withstanding a blast. Indeed, it seems like the Air Force has all kinds of toys for disarming potentially-hazardous objects, and they’re very good at what they do.

About the Author
  • Fascinated by scientific discoveries and media, Anthony found his way here at LabRoots, where he would be able to dabble in the two. Anthony is a technology junkie that has vast experience in computer systems and automobile mechanics, as opposite as those sound.
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