Monday 26 September 2016

Irish company to launch revolutionary new bomb disposal robot at global event

Harry Leech

Published 02/08/2015 | 02:30

The Irish-made Reacher bomb disposal robot
The Irish-made Reacher bomb disposal robot

An Irish company is to launch a revolutionary new bomb disposal robot at the world's largest ever defence and security industry event.

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Reamda's 'Reacher' robot can work in small spaces and at long distances.

Until now, a major problem faced by bomb disposal experts was that robots designed to deal with larger bombs didn't have the dexterity to deal with smaller ordinances in tight spaces, like a pipe-bomb under a car; while smaller robots did not have sufficient range, putting operators in danger as they were forced to move closer to dangerous scenes.

"To get under a car a robot has to be under four inches high; the problem that creates is that the robot can't even get over a curb, and as the antenna is so close to the ground, the range is poor," said managing director Padraig Roche.

"The Reacher is the first robot in the industry to have a cargo-bay to store a smaller robot designed to get under a car to destroy pipe bombs and the like.

"The Reacher delivers the smaller robot to the site and the communications can be relayed to the operator through the larger machine," he added.

The Reacher was developed after Reamda won the tender to supply the Irish army with a new state-of-the-art bomb disposal robot.

The Irish army is considered to be a world leader in bomb disposal and regularly trains armies and police forces around the world.

Reamda is one of two Irish manufacturers exhibiting at the largest defence and security show in the world this year, DSEi 2015, which takes place this September in London.

The Defence and Security Equipment International (DSEi) event is held every two years and brings together governments and companies from around the world to source the latest equipment and systems.

The mammoth event will see 1,500 exhibitors from 121 countries exhibit in specialised air, naval, land, security and special forces, medical and unmanned zones.

The event also hosts 40 national pavilions from some of the largest armaments industries in the world, which include the UK, USA and France.

Míleata from Wicklow is also launching its range of Irish-made watches aimed at the military, security services and special forces.

Míleata designs and manufactures watches designed to withstand the rigours that military and law enforcement personnel endure.

Managing director Graeme Haughton said the watches, which are designed and hand-assembled in Ireland, can withstand the toughest of environments and have to be manufactured to the highest specifications.

"If you want to make something for the army, it's got to be the best.

"If we were to retail these watches under another brand they would retail for way over the €1,000 mark, but as budgets are tight with military and police forces, we need to keep the price as low as possible", he said.

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