For over 40 years now, bomb disposal robots have been used to safely disable explosive ordnance. Prior to their use, highly skilled bomb technicians were responsible for the incredibly dangerous task of disabling a live bomb. Only in the last decade have there been a range of robots capable of properly disarming a bomb without any physical assistance. Before this, robots were developed without prosthetic arms which seriously limited their capabilities and meant that bomb disposal units were still required to be in the firing line. Since the development of EOD robots, bomb disposal units are now able to stay a safe distance away from a site whilst the robot disarms the live device, saving lives in the process.
The key to any bomb disposal mission is to render the explosive ordnance device inert without causing it to detonate. Bomb disposal robots often achieve this by firing a high-pressure jet of water at wires on the device. An explosive device usually requires a power supply to detonate: disrupting this wire means the circuit is broken and thus rendered inert, if not safe. However, in some cases, devices have secondary systems that cause the device to explode if it is tampered with which is why it is safer to use a robot for bomb disposal.
Other than being the safest and most effective form of bomb disposal equipment, EOD robots can also prove to be much less expensive than training up a bomb disposal officer despite the large initial investment costs. As research and development continues to reach new heights, EOD robots will only become even more practicable and sufficient in years to come.
ABP is a leading provider of Explosive Ordnance Disposal and Improvised Explosive Device Disposal equipment. They have formed strong relationships with military entities and have been a long-term prime contractor for the Ministry of Defence. ABP has secured its position as the market leader following 5 decades of experience and continue to develop pioneering technologies in the industry.
ABP develops bespoke products or adapts existing products to suit customer’s specific requirements. ABP has an in-house capability allowing it to draw together its practical explosive ordnance disposal experience and innovative engineering expertise to develop and supply equipment customers can rely on even if the toughest of environments.
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