June 28, 2007 Northrop Grumman demonstrated its CUTLASS unmanned explosive ordnance disposal (EOD) vehicle to the U.K. Under-Secretary of State for Defence last week. The CUTLASS system offers the latest technology in a modular design, enabling the user to deal with the full range of both military and improvised explosive devices. Its highly versatile design means that it is capable of accommodating a wide range of payloads, sensors and tools. The manipulator arm is equipped with a state-of-the-art gripper and has nine degrees of freedom for greater movement and agility inside limited spaces, such as the interior of a car. The robot is able to creep along at deliberately slow speeds for delicate operations and may accelerate to high speeds to enable rapid travel. The six-wheeled design offers mobility on all types of hard and soft terrain and in all weather conditions.
The impressively large and robust-looking prototype robot will soon replace the Wheelbarrow as the next generation bomb disposal vehicle for the U.K. military.
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Northrop Grumman is providing 80 CUTLASS vehicles to the U.K. Ministry of Defence (MoD) under a contract awarded to its Remotec subsidiary in December 2006. The CUTLASS unmanned bomb disposal vehicle will be used by the MoD for anti-terrorism operations worldwide.