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Robops will be used by HALO Trust, an American non-profit organization that has concluded several contracts for demining Ukrainian territories. According to the organization’s executive director Chris Whatley, Spot will deal with the elimination of mortar shells and cluster munitions in settlements near Kyiv, which were occupied by Russian troops.
HALO Trust – Hazardous Areas Life Support Organization that conducts humanitarian demining – eliminates the threat of explosive remnants of war: finds explosive objects, marks territories, maps, clears explosive objects that did not explode in former war zones, in particular from booby traps.
During test forays last year, the Spot robot successfully dealt with small unstable objects similar to those found throughout Ukraine. Whatley hopes this will help Spot deal with the cluster munitions that Russia is deploying throughout Ukraine.
If a special manipulator is placed instead of a work head, it will be able to transfer ammunition from the place of detection to a pit with other ammunition. This allows sappers to safely blow them up away from the civilian population in batches of 50-100 shells. In total, 10 HALO Trust teams are deployed in the Kiev region in Bucha and Brovary.
“Overall, Spot is an effective tool for protecting people from danger, and the robot is often used to inspect potentially dangerous materials from a safe distance,” said Boston Dynamics director of marketing and communications Nicholas Noel.
As reported, Spot robot dog from Boston Dynamics has already worked in Ukraine. In October 2020 he measured radioactive contamination in the Chernobyl exclusion zone.
At 4 am on February 24, 2022, Russian President Vladimir Putin announced a “special military operation” in the occupied Donbas. Russia launched missile strikes on the territory of Ukraine and launched a direct full-scale invasion in four directions. The armed forces of Ukraine are rebuffing the enemy, the blitzkrieg plan – to capture Kyiv in two or three days – failed, the Russian army retreated from the capital. The Russian military commits thousands of war crimes and crimes against humanity throughout Ukraine.