Harris to deliver its T7 robotic systems to support U.K. EOD missions
LONDON. The United Kingdom’s Ministry of Defence (MOD) awarded Harris Corp. a contract worth up to $70 million (£55 million) to provide T7 robotic systems to support U.K. explosive ordnance disposal (EOD) missions around the world. The announcement was made during DSEI 2017 being held September 12-15 at the ExCeL in London.
The systems will be part of the MOD’s Project STARTER and help defeat a wide variety of explosive threats, including improvised explosive devices (IEDs) and unexploded ordnances. The T7 supports commercial and military missions, including hazardous materials (HAZMAT) cleanup, EOD, intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR) and special weapons and tactics missions.
The robot provides operators with human-like dexterity and haptic force feedback from the robot arm to the remote-control handgrip. The T7’s interface provides ease of use for operators and unmatched command and control. Its precision control and dexterity shorten task completion time and improve mission effectiveness, and its rugged track system provides the outstanding mobility and maneuverability required for rough terrain. A variety of attachments enable use of standard-issue sensors, disruptors and tools that support a wide range of missions, including HAZMAT and the ability to disable and defeat IEDs planted inside vehicles.