CBRN detection robot

American company Qinetiq North America has developed the fifth generation of its TALON explosive ordnance disposal robot, which offers new capabilities and a plug-and-play architecture for a range of accessories. Since its introduction in 2000, QinetiQ North America TALON robots have earned a reputation for durability, flexibility, modularity and performance in protecting personnel, property and civilians from harm.

For more than 10 years, TALON robots have been used in explosives disposal, reconnaissance, sensing, communications, defense and security. TALONs have earned a reputation for durability, flexibility and performance in keeping military and first responder units out of harm’s way. The latest model in the TALON family, TALON V, has been designed to provide an open architecture including additional features and improved performance.

TALON V is the first IOP-compatible robotic platform available in its class. This new generation TALON robot provides a total of 16 I/O ports including IOP A and B connectors. The software is compatible with JAUS AS4 and supports Plug and Play detection of IOP devices.

The TALON V features a new high-performance drive motor capable of reaching speeds of up to 6 mph with enough torque to climb a 45° staircase.

In terms of optics, the TALON V offers a variety of high and standard definition camera options, as well as an optional dual-purpose thermal/day zoom camera.

For accessories, TALON V offers a new heavy lift manipulator with several degrees of freedom. It also supports various third-party manipulators and legacy TALON manipulators.

In military, law enforcement, and first response applications, TALONs are widely deployed for Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs) and Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD), reconnaissance, communications, CBRN (chemical, biological, radiological, nuclear, explosive), HAZMAT, security, heavy lifting, defense and rescue missions.

More than 4,000 QNA TALONs are deployed worldwide and are used for counter-improvised explosive device (CIED) missions, law enforcement operations, and domestic and international hazmat missions. To date, TALONs have participated in approximately 300,000 combat missions and defeated more than 50,000 IEDs. On average, the US military TALON robot in Iraq and Afghanistan is repaired up to 13 times after significant IED damage.