Military eyes unmanned vehicles that can operate in the arctic for explosive ordnance disposal (EOD)

March 18, 2020
This exercise featured a remote-control robot delivering a water charge to a suspicious target to render the weapon nonfunctional.

WASHINGTON – The only forgiving part of warfare in the Arctic is how mercifully few wars have actually been fought there. C4ISRnet reports. Continue reading original article

The Military & Aerospace Electronics take:

18 March 2020 -- The military is training for the possibility of an end to that cold peace. Part of that training means making sure bomb squad unmanned vehicles can still disable explosive threats at freezing temperatures.

As part of the Arctic Edge 20 exercise in Alaska, joint forces from across the Department of Defense and Canada gathered to tackle the challenges of adapting military equipment designed for hot, dry environments to one that is cold and wet.

This included, more notably, figuring out what it would take to make the Light Weight Purification System work in below-freezing temperatures. But the work of explosive ordnance disposal (EOD) in the frozen north is worth a closer consideration.

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John Keller, chief editor
Military & Aerospace Electronics

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