330 MARCbot IV (Multi-function Agile Remote Control Robot) systems will be built and will begin arriving in Iraq and Afghanistan over the next 3-5 months.
MARCBOT IV has significant advantages over earlier versions, such as a much larger range and removable remote control antennae allowing U.S. troops to operate the robots from inside armored vehicles.
He said other improvements include:
* A much higher resolution camera.
* A more rugged system to move the camera.
* An additional battery, allowing the robot to last longer.
* More power, so the robots can climb hills easier.
When they were first rushed into service 14 months ago, the robots did not have the durability or range for combat, said Bill Cohen, of manufacturer Exponent, Inc.
“The soldiers were the ones that told us what they needed. We adapted as quickly as possible,” he said.
Cohen said the Army and Exponent decided to develop the MARCBOT in the field instead of waiting until it was perfected to deploy it.
For more info on the program see IED Robot.