MSPO 2016: Mobile Robots for the Army and Uniformed Services. PIAP at the MSPO Exhbition
During this year’s edition of the Kielce MSPO defence salon, Industrial Research Institute for Automation and Measurements (PIAP) has been presenting a number of observation, reconnaissance and bomb disposal robots. Among the showcased systems, specialized devices for mobile robots and drones have also been presented.
During the MSPO Kielce International Defence Exhibition, the Industrial Research Institute for Automation and Measurements has been showcasing a light Fenix reconnaissance robot, designed for being used by the military.
Fenix system, weighing 15 kilograms, has been fitted with daytime/night cameras, whereas night vision or FLIR device also remain an option which could be possibly acquired by the user. Fenix is based on a wheel-tracked drive system with movable front stabilizers, allowing the robot to move in tough terrain. Its maximum speed is defined as 10 kilometres per hour, radio-communication between the robot and the operator may be maintained at distances of up to 500 meters.
Fenix, depending on the equipment utilized, may be used for observation and reconnaissance operations, bomb disposal activities, and for the purpose of transporting the sabotage ordnance. Its small dimensions (60×50×19 cm) make it possible for the user to transport it in a backpack, thus it may also be utilized by the special forces.
TRM 2.0 tactical thrown robot is another system which has been presented at the booth of the Industrial Research Institute for Automation and Measurements, during the Kielce Salon. This small and light (1.5 kg) robot has been designed for the purpose of carrying out reconnaissance and observation operations in hardly accessible environment. When compared to the previous variants, TRM 2.0 has a more silent and quicker motor fitted, and its operational range is longer – up to 100 meters in buildings, and 350 meters in the open terrain. The robot has been fitted with infra-red and visible light spectrum illuminating diodes. For the purpose of making the use of the system easier, the control panel, fitted with a 5 inch display, has also been modified.
Besides the aforesaid robots, Industrial Research Institute for Automation and Measurements (PIAP) has also showcased its CBRN accessories, the purpose of which is to offer support in the operations with an objective to neutralize such threats. The booth has featured: C-Sensor (LCD 3.3.) which detects the substances hazardous for human in the air; modular liquid sampler, used to pick up and store liquid samples; Bio-Vortex system used to gather biological pollutant samples from the surrounding air and to store it in a water-based form; and R-Sensor devices in ZR-1 and ZR-2 variants, the purpose of which is to measure the gamma radiation dosage. Finally, the company also presented a weather station designed for being used with the mobile robots.
Besides the new systems presented within the booth of the Industrial Research Institute for Automation and Measurements, Scout small reconnaissance robot, Gryf bomb disposal robot and Mobile Intervention Robot (RMI) were also presented. RMI has been fitted with a multi-purpose Multistriker disrupter.
Industrial Research Institute for Automation and Measurements has also been showcasing a satellite deorbiting gripper, which is a technology developed for the European Space Agency.