Harris Corporation's T7 robot passed qualification tests in July and is expected to announce the completion of user trials later this year for the UK Ministry of Defence's (MoD's) Project Starter programme, the company announced on 8 October at the annual Association of the United States Army (AUSA) exhibition in Washington, DC.
The MoD selected the Harris T7 robot for advanced explosive ordnance disposal operators in austere environments. Ed Zoiss, president of Harris Electronic Systems, said, "T7's selection by the MoD represents the first of many opportunities for Harris to deliver life-saving technology to warfighters and law enforcement personnel worldwide."
The 710 lb (322 kg) T7 robot provides haptic feedback to give human-like manipulation, enabling the user to have a sense of what the robot is feeling through an intuitive gripper control system. The robot can climb stairs, negotiate slopes of more than 40° (and lateral slopes of more than 30°), and features a two-way audio payload and a wire-cutting capability.
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