Marines deploy robot in underwater explosives detonationMarie Donlon | November 04, 2021
The U.S. Marine Corps now employs an underwater water robot for locating and neutralizing explosive hazards such as mines.
The Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) Remotely Operated Vehicle (ROV) is a box-shaped robot that features ranging sensors, sound navigation and an articulating arm for removing seaweed as well as disarming explosive devices.
Additionally, the EOD ROV captures high definition video of shallow underwater environments and offers real-time feedback to divers.
According to the U.S. Marine Corps, the robot keeps divers from conducting potentially dangerous missions and it can also be used for reconnaissance applications in the future.
“This robot gives Marines eyes in the water,” said Master Sgt. Patrick Hilty, an Explosive Ordnance Disposal project officer at Marine Corps Systems Command. “It is a capability the Marine Corps has never before had.”