The Latvian defense ministry has awarded Telerob, a subsidiary of robotic systems specialist AeroVironment, a contract for the delivery of telemax Evo Hybrid and Teodor Evo unmanned ground vehicles (UGVs).
Delivery to Latvian armed forces is scheduled to be completed in late 2021, according to AeroVironment.
“Every year, Latvian explosive ordnance disposal forces neutralize ammunitions of various caliber rifles, artillery shells, minesweepers, aviation bombs and other explosive objects by the thousands,” said Brian Young, AeroVironment vice president and product line general manager of unmanned ground vehicles.
“With the deployment of Telerob’s telemax UGVs, Latvian EOD units can continue to detect, identify, disarm and render safe explosive devices found throughout the territory of Latvia, as well as in international peacekeeping operations, and they can do so safely and efficiently from a greater standoff distance.”
The Teodor is built for explosive ordnance disposal and disarming improvised explosive devices. The UGV features a 6-axis manipulator with telescopic reach, is heavy-lift capable (220 pounds/100 kilograms) and can precisely handle hazardous materials with a 12-inch (300 millimeter) gripper that features an integrated laser rangefinder, video input and data interface. Its dual-track drive system with independent high-torque motors allows it to traverse multiple gradients, high obstacles, or steep inclines.
The telemax Evo Hybrid is a versatile UGV with compact dimensions and a strong lift capacity up to 82 pounds (37 kilograms). It features a 6-axis precision manipulator with Tool Center Point Control to give operators humanlike control and a 4-track drive system with auto-leveling to easily handle multiple gradients, gaps and terrains.