Military Looks to Robots to Clear Waterways of Dangerous Mines

Military Looks to Robots to Clear Waterways of Dangerous Mines

PANAMA CITY BEACH, Fla. (AP) - The military is looking at a robot that would clear waterways of dangerous mines.

The Transphibian has a serious mission: destroying mines that could kill Marines and Navy SEALs as they come on shore. Such technology is considered the future of underwater bomb detection.

The 3-foot-long device will some day carry 14 pounds of plastic explosives and attach itself to an underwater bomb before igniting.

It can be maneuvered by a joystick.

Experts with the Panama City Beach-based Naval Surface Warfare Center say such robots eventually will replace minesweeping ships
and perform dangerous jobs now done by specialized divers.

The next steps for the researchers include creating robots that function alongside troops as members of an operational team and ones that work with other robots.

Nekton Research created the Transphibian.

(Copyright 2007 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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