Harris Corporation T7 UGV Unmanned Ground Vehicle for British Army
The British Army has taken delivery of the first four cutting-edge bomb disposal robots T7 from U.S. Company Harris Corporation, following rigorous trials, has announced the British Defense Secretary Gavin Williamson on December 23, 2018. . A total of 56 robots are due to be delivered to the UK and in service by December 2020.
Harris Corporation T7 UGV Unmanned Ground Vehicle at AUSA Defense Exhibition in Washington D.C. , October 2016. (Picture source Army Recognition)
British Defense Secretary Gavin Williamson has announced that the British army have taken delivery of the first four cutting-edge bomb disposal robots Harris Corporation T7 under a contract of £55 million for 56 robots. The game-changing platform endured a variety of tests during an eight-week ‘acceptance’ trials period at UK and US sites specifically chosen to put the robots through their paces.
The new Unmanned Ground Vehicle (UGV) T7 designed and manufactured by the American Company Harris Corporation is equipped with high-definition cameras, lightning-fast data links, an adjustable manipulation arm, and tough all-terrain treads, allowing them to neutralize a wide range of explosive threats.
During trails, the robots were pushed to their limits by trials including multi-terrain driving, a series of battlefield missions, weightlifting and dexterity tasks, climatic and vibration testing, high stress capabilities, live-firings, maximum traversing angles and interoperability assessments.
The bomb disposal robots have been procured by British Defense Equipment and Support, the British MOD’s procurement organization, under Project Starter. The deal was announced in September 2017 at the Defense and Security Equipment International (DSEI) Exhibition in London.
Project Starter will procure 56 Harris T7s to support Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) teams. The program is designed to replace the Army’s fleet of Wheelbarrow Mk8B remote-controlled EOD robots which have been used across the globe by UK Armed Forces since 1972.