Also announced at AUSA, the U.S. Defense Department is fast-tracking deployment of a stair-climbing micro robot to deploy on special operations missions.
Designed by the Israeli Roboteam company, the Micro Tactical Ground Robot (or MTGR) can be carried by a single soldier. MTGR travels at 2 miles per hour and can climb 8-inch stairs, and this tough little fella can carry its own weight.
The micro robot was also built to clear obstacles and conduct complex maneuvers in extreme terrain with a line-of-sight operating range of 1,600 feet. To that end, it has five on-board cameras, an internal microphone and infrared laser pointers that can pinpoint a target 360 degrees around the robot.
Its encrypted radio allows streaming secure voice and video to tactical operators downrange.
Roboteam's Ruggedized Operator Control Unit, which comes in a 5-inch Android version and a two-handed, 7-inch Windows-based unit, controls the robot, its manipulator arm and onboard tech.
A robot this size equipped with this tech would be useful for situations involving tight spaces where a warfighter or canine would not fit or easily maneuver. For example, it could be used for underground threats like investigating tunnels in war zones.