Army Technology Team Helps Field Robot


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The REF-funded modification of the 2nd Infantry Division's existing PackBot 510, with the enhanced CBRNE sensor capability, developed through the Cooperative Research and Development Agreement.

"It is our job to get off-the-shelf technology into the hands of Soldiers as quickly as possible," REF representative Peter "Gregg" O'Neill said.

The Robot Logistics Support Center, or RLSC, part of PEO-CS/CSS, began building robots within a month.

"We wanted to start burning the lead time, so we began the build as soon as we had the necessary details," said RLSC director Michelle Link. "The expertise and help from iRobot was invaluable."

The robots arrived at Camp Stanley in November 2015, and the 501st Chemical Company tested the new robots in several scenarios to learn about the system's capabilities.

RDECOM-Pacific director Col. Ernest L. Dunlap emphasized that the command's expansive reach enables its subject matter experts to quickly support Soldiers' technology needs.

"One of our core missions is to ensure innovative solutions for the warfighter. We bring diverse stakeholders together and leverage the strength of RDECOM's labs to expedite capability in response to Army warfighting challenges and support the Army Operating Concept," Dunlap said.

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