Scientists have developed a new robot which they claim can get rid of explosives, so that security forces don't need to risk getting hurt.
A team at Defence Science and Technology Organisation (DSTO) in Australia has designed the new robot called Special Purpose IED Killer Experimental Robot or Spiker in an effort to counter improvised explosive devices (IED).
According to the scientists, Spiker is a remotely controlled tracked vehicle which deploys a number of different devices, including explosives, to render IEDs safe.
"Innovations like this robot (Spiker) are part of DSTO's programme to support our troops on operation in various theatres, particularly in the Middle East. These technologies are vital for carrying out dirty and dangerous work as well as helping to save the lives of our soldiers," Australian Defence Science and Personnel Minister Warren Snowdon said.
Snowdon unveiled the Spiker robot at the Land Warfare Conference in Brisbane.
Also on display was another remotely controlled vehicle known as RASP or Remote Advanced Sensor Platform which the DSTO has developed to identify radioactive threats from a distance.
The Minister said industry was also making innovative contributions to support soldiers through the Capability and Technology Demonstrator (CTD) Programme.
"These are only some examples of innovative technologies that can be achieved when DSTO and industry work together to enhance defence capability in priority areas," Snowdon said.