Wednesday, August 15, 2007

Iraq's Bomb Clearing Robots

With a slightly misleading title, this article
at Time
entitled Iraq's Coming Robot Wars might lead one
to believe the subject was robotic warriors, but instead,
the article goes on to explain how the Army is boosting
their purchases of bomb-clearing robots up to 1000 by
the end of the year, with a possible 2000 more later on.
Since almost 50% of the U.S. troups killed are victims of
IEDs (Improvised Explosive Devices), this move makes
a lot of sense, as does the strategery of eliminating
some of the hoops suppliers must jump through to get a
new product approved. Prototypes for testing are expected
to be available within only 10 days of the contract award.


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