Around Kyiv, deminers use the dog robot Spot, from Boston Dynamics, to handle unexploded ordnance. It allows to replace the human and to sneak where other demining robots cannot go.
In addition to their usual demining robots, the deminers are accompanied by the famous robotfrom Boston Dynamics. His hunting ground is currently around . He must flush out Russian shells and unexploded cluster munitions. Use a so as not to endanger a human being is part of the attributions of the models designed by Boston Dynamics. Spot has been training for this hunt for explosives for a year. He tested the recovery of cases that resemble these cluster munitions and the results are convincing, since he now finds himself operational. In Ukraine, the robot could also be used to recover the fearsome Russian POM-3 antipersonnel mines. Thrown from a or a these mines detect the presence of a person or a vehicle a few meters away and send an explosive charge in the to do the maximum damage.
Specialized in Russian cluster munitions
In the field, he is sent like any other human deminer in contact with explosives. The robot deploys a robotic arm placed above its head to move the ammunition to pits containing other explosives. After accumulating between 50 and 100 shells, the deminers detonate everything to safety. For now, the robot accompanies one of the 10 HALO teams that have been deployed to Bucha and Brovary whose names have become infamous.
Apart from Spot, thealso operate other robots in the field, with machines that cut potential trap trigger cables, or enclose radars to scan the ground. Robots specially designed for these tasks, such as the MV-4 which weighs seven tons are very effective, but in any case they lack the agility of a Spot which can sneak around everywhere and even in the forests. This type of robot could also be used to clean houses trapped by the Russian army to sow terror among populations. For the moment, with only one Spot robot in action, this presence remains symbolic, but HALO Trust says it is able to deploy a dozen robot dogs in the near future with the of his teams.