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Dragon Runner Robot Gains Durability Accolade in the Guinness World Records


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QinetiQ
: 01 April, 2010  (New Product)
QinetiQ’s IED robot, the Dragon Runner features in the Guinness World Records 2010 as the most durable military robot
Dragon Runner Robot Gains Durability Accolade in the Guinness World Records
The Guinness book of world records is known around the globe for a collection of firsts and bests that covers everything from “Largest Violin Ensemble” to “First Legal Summons Served Online.” Among the gems in “Guinness World Records 2010” are two products from QinetiQ - Dragon Runner robots and Ears SWATS sniper detection systems.

Dragon Runner is listed on the “Engineering and Technology – Weapons” page as the “Most Durable Military Robot.” Dragon Runner is a small, rugged robot that weighs between 10-20kg depending on the chosen configuration. It can be easily carried by a soldier in a backpack and is robust enough to operate in rough terrain to help protect troops.

Almost 100 Dragon Runners have recently been purchased by the UK MOD and shipped to support of current military operations in Afghanistan and this variant is equipped with a manipulator arm to assist with the disarming of improvised explosive devices. The versatility of the Dragon Runner platform also means that it can be configured for a variety of other reconnaissance and surveillance operations.

Operators can take the Dragon Runner and add tracks for maximum mobility and a manipulator arm with rotating shoulder, wrist and grippers for dexterity, depending on the mission. In addition, day and night pan/tilt/zoom cameras, motion detectors and a listening capability allow Dragon Runner to further extend situational awareness.

Being deployed to tackle IEDs, other missions include reconnaissance inside buildings, sewers, caves, culverts and courtyards; Perimeter security using on-board motion and sound detectors; checkpoint security; in and under-vehicle inspections; and hostage barricade reconnaissance and negotiation.

QinetiQ’s other entry in the Guinness World Records 2010 is Ears SWATS (shoulder-worn acoustic targeting system). This is also listed on the “Engineering and Technology – Weapons” page as the “First Wearable Sniper Detector.” An Ears unit can detect and pinpoint hostile gunfire in a fraction of a second and audibly report the range and bearing of the shooter so the soldier can hear it. (eg “Shot, 400 metres, 3 o’clock”). As the situation continues to unfold, Ears keeps track of the shooter’s position relative to the changing location of the warfighter and continuously provides audible updates.

Ears SWATS units were first fielded in Afghanistan in 2009. The product also was awarded a “Best of What’s New” designation by “Popular Science” magazine last November.
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