Military robots offer protective solution for troops

Sunday, October 16, 2011

The military is rushing robots and other cutting-edge equipment to Afghanistan in an effort to protect troops on foot patrol who have been the target of a record number of attacks this year.

The equipment includes small robots that can be tossed over walls and through windows into homes, allowing troops to look for bombs in areas they cannot see. The robots transmit images to troops waiting at a safe distance.

The military is sending 650 of the small robots, called Recon Scouts, to Afghanistan at a cost of about $13.4 million. Some have already arrived.
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Originally published: 10/16/2011, USA TODAY