QinetiQ North America (QNA) introduced the TALON V at the 2014 Association of the United States Army (AUSA) Annual Meeting in Washington, D.C.
TALON V is the first and only tactical, man transportable robot that has successfully completed the U.S. Army’s TARDEC Interoperability Profile (IOP) testing. Enhanced electronics and software, and the ability to use third party components gives the robot increased performance capabilities, flexibility, and system level modularity for greater mission effectiveness.
Key features include:
• 16 total I/O ports including IOP A and B connectors
• JAUS AS4 compliant software that supports plug and play discovery of IOP devices
• New and improved top speed and high torque drive motors capable of climbing a 46 degree staircase
• 1080i HD and standard definition camera options
• IOP compliant, advanced heavy lift multi-degree of freedom manipulator that can lift up to 65 pounds
• User-defined graphical interface
• Tool-less track tensioning system and improved serviceability
“Throughout its history, TALON has had industry-first and industry-leading features that protect the lives of those who protect us,” said Dr. Andrew Rogers, president of QNA. “TALON V is another example of the innovation that can happen when industry listens to and responds to the needs of our country’s military.”
More than 4,000 of QNA’s TALONs are deployed globally and used for counter-improvised explosive device (CIED) missions, police operations and domestic and international hazardous material missions. To date, TALONs have participated in approximately 300,000 combat missions and have defeated over 50,000 IEDs. On average, a U.S. military TALON robot in Iraq and Afghanistan is repaired as many as 13 times from significant IED damage.