MARCbot

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Multi-function Agile Remote-Controlled Robot [1]
MARCbot.jpg
MARCbot extends its camera to search for suspected improvised explosive devices
Type Demolition vehicle
Place of origin United States of America (United States Army Rapid Equipping Force) [1]
Service history
In service Iraq, Afghanistan [1]
Used by United States Army [1]
Production history
Designed 2004 [2]
Manufacturer Exponent [1]
No. built Over 1000 [1]
Specifications
Weight 32 lb (15 kg) [3]
Length 24 in (0.61 m) [3]
Width 19.5 in (0.50 m) [3]
Height 13.5 in (0.34 m) [3]
Crew One remote operator

Operational
range
Up to 300 m (980 ft) (Line of sight),[3] 6h on batteries[2]

The Multi-function Agile Remote-Controlled Robot (MARCbot) is a military robot created by Exponent Inc. for the United States Army Rapid Equipping Force.[1][2]

Design[edit]

The MARCbot was designed as a low cost robotic platform used in Iraq for the inspection of suspicious objects.[1][4] Until its creation when US Army patrols encountered a potential improvised explosive device, they had to either wait for a specialist explosive ordnance disposal team with its specialist / expensive robots, or investigate the suspicious package themselves.[1] Exponent worked with the Rapid Equipping Force to create a low cost robot for patrol units.[1] Over 1000 MARCbots were eventually created for the US Army for the Iraq War and the War in Afghanistan (2001–14).[1] The MARCbot reputedly costs $19,000 - however this is less than other contemporary military robots.[3]

The MARCbot is one of smallest and most commonly used robots in Iraq and looks like a small toy truck with an elevated mast on which a camera is mounted.[5] This camera is used to look, for example, behind doors or through windows without placing human soldiers in danger.[6] It is capable of running for 6 hours on a set of fully charged batteries and was developed with the input of soldiers in Iraq to meet their needs.

Use as an offensive weapon[edit]

The MARCbot was the first ground robot to draw blood in Iraq.[7] One unit jury-rigged a Claymore antipersonnel mine on their units. If they suspected an ambush they would send the robot ahead. If an insurgent was seen the Claymore would be detonated.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k "MARCbot". Exponent Inc. Exponent Inc. Retrieved 9 July 2016. 
  2. ^ a b c Cohen, William J.; Zemach, Ken. "The MARCbot: The Army Program that Revolutionized Robotics for Patrol Warfighters" (PDF). Exponent Inc. Exponent Inc. Retrieved 9 July 2016. 
  3. ^ a b c d e f Miller, W. Lee. "USMC Ground Robotics Current and Desired Future Capabilities" (PDF). Defense Technical Information Center. Defense Technical Information Center. Retrieved 9 July 2016. 
  4. ^ "MARCbot (Multi-function Agile Remote Control Robot)". IEDRobot.com. 
  5. ^ Garreau, Joel (2007-05-06). "Bots on The Ground". Washington Post. Retrieved 2008-01-27. 
  6. ^ "War of the future: US to create more 'robot warriors' to save 'precious' American lives". Daily Times. 2006-02-17. Retrieved 2008-01-27. 
  7. ^ Singer, P. W. "Robots at War: The New Battlefield". Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars.