Robots: Marines test 'throwbots' that can be lobbed up to 150 feet and provide ...

Royal Marines test 'throwbots' that can be lobbed up to 150 feet over walls or into caves and provide real-time video imagery to troops on the ground The Ministry of Defence is pursuing new tech to improve troop effectiveness Throwbots have been tested in Scotland and around and underneath Gibraltar Reconnaissance robots could allow sight into unknown territory with less risk Each remote-controlled bot can survive falls of 32 feet and work in 3 ft of water

By Ian Randall For Mailonline

Published: 12:22 GMT, 17 November 2020 | Updated: 12:22 GMT, 17 November 2020

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Reconnaissance robots that can be lobbed 150 feet over walls, or into buildings and caves to provide real-time video have been tested by the Royal Marines.

The 43 Commando Fleet Protection Group have been trialling the 'throwbots' — and other advanced kit — during exercises around and in the tunnels beneath Gibraltar.

The bots are built to survive falls of up to 32 feet, automatically self-right after landing and can operate for 30 minutes when submerged under 3 feet of water.

Marines could throw the robots into unknown or occupied territory in order to get an advanced 'lay of the land' without putting themselves directly at risk.

When not testing new field tech, 43 Commando's responsibilities include protecting the UK's nuclear weapons arsenal at Her Majesty's Naval Base, Clyde, in Scotland. 

Reconnaissance robots that can be lobbed 150 feet over walls, or into buildings and caves to provide real-time video have been tested by the Royal Marines. Pictured, a member of the Royal Marines 43 Commando group lobs a tethered throwbot during tests in Scotland earlier this year. The soldiers have since moved to field tests in and in the tunnels beneath Gibraltar

Reconnaissance robots that can be lobbed 150 feet over walls, or into buildings and caves to provide real-time video have been tested by the Royal Marines. Pictured, a member of the Royal Marines 43 Commando group lobs a tethered throwbot during tests in Scotland earlier this year. The soldiers have since moved to field tests in and in the tunnels beneath Gibraltar

The 43 Commando Fleet Protection Group have been trialling the 'throwbots' — and other advanced kit — during exercises around and in the tunnels beneath Gibraltar, pictured

The 43 Commando Fleet Protection Group have been trialling the 'throwbots' — and other advanced kit — during exercises around and in the tunnels beneath Gibraltar, pictured

THROWBOT SPECS 

Weight: 1.3 lbs (0.6 kg)

Length: 8.3" (21.1 cm)

Width: 7.9"

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