Israel Gives US 200 Customizable Tiny Tank Robots

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The US Marine Corps will receive 200 Roboteam Micro Tactical Ground Robot (MTGR) systems, along with spare parts and maintenance services. The MTGR bots will reportedly be built locally in the US, with the whole order planned to be fulfilled by the first quarter of 2025. The first batch of the robots has reportedly already been delivered.

According to Interesting Engineering, the MTGR is a highly maneuverable, lightweight, and portable robotic platform for both indoor and outdoor terrains, with a robust design and agile mobility including advanced capabilities like stair-climbing and self-righting. It can also provide both day and night vision with a 360-degree view and even allows one to zoom on demand.

The robotic platform is Roboteam’s second-lightest robot (weighing only 15 kg), making it easily portable. It has treads and a manipulator arm that can be used to investigate objects, as well as for communications and optics. The MTGR is ideal for tasks like Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) missions, special operations, or tactical maneuvers.

The platforms by Roboteam use MESH communication technology, which is powered by sophisticated software and algorithms that streamline transmission through a singular network, enabling centralized control via a single control unit and empowering operators to manage multiple systems easily and seamlessly.

CEO of Roboteam, Matan Shirvi, has said: “We are honored that the US Marine Corps has selected the MTGR to enhance their arsenal of combat engineering robotics. Proudly selected by Tier-1 customers globally, our unmanned platforms empower defense forces to execute missions efficiently while prioritizing soldier safety.

“We have customized the MTGR to meet the U.S. Marine Corps’s operational needs, enabling them to maintain unmatched battlefield supremacy while enhancing their daily operational capabilities. We are delighted to collaborate with Mistral to bring this advanced robotic solution to the US Marine Corps, reaffirming our commitment to providing innovative solutions tailored to the demands of modern warfare.”