iRobot Warrior

U.S. Army Master Sgt. Eric Lautenschlager, the senior noncommissioned officer assigned to the 501st Ordnance Battalion, takes a knee next to the iRobot 710 Warrior, an explosive ordnance disposal remotely controlled machine at the Armed Forces Reserve Center in Glenville N.Y. on June 10, 2021. Members of the 501st Ordnance Battalion are trained to provide mission command, and supervision of Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) operations and functions to include administration and logistical support of assigned units. (U.S. Army National Guard photo by Sgt. Sebastian Rothwyn)

The iRobot Warrior (also described as the Warrior 700 or X700) is an unmanned robotic platform from iRobot Corporation. The 285 lb (129 kg) robot can traverse land at up to 9.3 mph (15 km/h) and is capable of carrying up to 500 lb (227 kg), including 150 lb (68 kg) in its manipulator. Able to climb steps and slopes at up to 45°, the next generation of remote control robotic vehicles is bigger, faster, and more capable than their smaller counterparts. Initial intended uses are Explosive Ordnance Disposal, route-clearance, surveillance, reconnaissance, casualty extraction, firefighting, manipulating and welding.

iRobot has teamed up with Metal Storm to mount an electronically controlled firing system on a Warrior capable of firing up to 16 rounds per second.

In circa 2008, iRobot announced that it received a $3.75 million dollar contract from Army Tank-Automotive Research, Development and Engineering Center for research and development.


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