'Hospital' for robots
Photo: Roee Idan

IDF robots to be used during raids

New technology will enable troops to activate robots by remote control, spray tear gas at suspects and paralyze them prior to arrest

The robotics department at the IDF's Ordnance Corps has recently developed a prototype robot that can spray tear gas and allow troops to "paralyze" suspects during raids.


Over the years the robotics department has become a kind of a "hospital" for the robots that are being used by the army's elite units during operational activity and while tracing explosive devices and searching buildings that are deemed dangerous.


The team. Request from the troops (Photo: Roee Idan)


"We get the robots, treat and repair them and send them beck to their units," explained Sergeant Major Roee Arbalani, head of the robotics team.


The team, which is constantly working to upgrade the robots, recently decided to equip them with a remote controlled arm that can spray tear gas. "This is a request that came from the troops. We planned and designed it, consulted experts and built a prototype that will soon be installed on all the robots," said Arbalani.


The innovation is meant to improve the forces' ability to operate in populated areas, especially during searches for suspects. The IDF stressed that the new technology will not be effective as means for dispersing riots.


פרסום ראשון: 06.30.09, 17:26
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