June 13, 2022
Teledyne FLIR Defense has announced the launch of its Kobra 725 modular robot, a tracked multi-mission platform that includes new features and technology upgrades to the Kobra 710 unmanned ground system.
The Kobra 725 combines power and payload support in an easy-to-operate package, Teledyne FLIR said. The robot includes an advanced manipulator arm that can lift heavy loads, and stretches to a height of nearly four meters to access hard-to-reach places. Weighing less than 250 kg, the Kobra 725 can maneuver in rough terrain, climb stairs, and even surmount jersey barriers, the company said. New technology includes full-HD cameras, wide angle visual and thermal mobility cameras, field-swappable radio modules, and AES-256 encryption.
Teledyne FLIR said the new features make Kobra 725 suited for military applications that include explosive ordnance disposal (EOD), counter-vehicle-borne IED missions, remote CBRN detection, weapon integration, and reconnaissance, as well as other tough jobs such as building safety and hazardous material inspections, including nuclear power maintenance.
“Our new Kobra 725 delivers a range of upgrades and enhancements that address increasingly complex situations troops are facing on frontlines right now,” said David Cullin, vice president and general manager of unmanned and integrated solutions at Teledyne FLIR Defense. “This multi-mission robot gives users a powerful, highly mobile system that keeps them out of danger areas as they evaluate and mitigate threats.”
Additional features of the Kobra 725 include:
- Improved mobility: The robot includes a top speed of 13 km per hour, allowing operators to quickly interrogate a device or target;
- A compact footprint that includes heavy lift capacity yet is easily transportable, even in small vehicles;
- A rugged design designed to handle dangerous battlefield conditions in all weather conditions, such as route clearance, breaching, and vehicle-borne IEDs.
- An MPU5 high-performance radio with Wave Relay MANET and MIMO technology, which lets the Kobra 725 to penetrate deeper into complex structures, and further down range than previous models;
- Additional technology and features, such as a mast-mounted HD PTZ camera, as well as universal payload ports and mounting points to attach accessories, including thermal cameras, mine clearance tools, range finders, lidar, X-ray equipment, CBRN sensors, and weapons.
The Kobra is part of the U.S. Army’s Common Robotic System-Heavy (CRS-H) robotic platform, with a five year production contract to build upwards of 350 unmanned ground vehicles. In November 2021, the Army announced it was fielding CRS-H robots.
For more details on the Kobra 725, visit the Teledyne FLIR website here.