Milrem Robotics and foam extinguishing technology specialist InnoVfoam have introduced the Multiscope Rescue Hydra, a UGV (unmanned ground vehicle) designed to provide firefighting capabilities. The jointly-developed solution combines Milrem Robotics’ Multiscope Rescue robotic vehicle with InnoVfoam’s Hydra fire monitor and foam proportioning system.
The firefighting UGV can be remotely operated by firefighters who remain at a safe distance while receiving a complete overview of the operation area via thermal and infrared cameras, as well as onboard sensors that can detect gas or chemical leaks. The vehicle can also be used to deliver heavy firehoses, and to reach areas and enter structures that are inaccessible with bigger vehicles or that may collapse on top of firefighters. The vehicle can also be airdropped to forest or landscape fire locations to help limit the spread.
The UGV’s fire monitors, which can dispense water and foam at volumes of 2000 to 20,000 litres per minute, can be operated independently from the vehicle thanks to separate cameras on the UGV and the monitors, allowing change of position while maintaining a perfect overview of the fire. The system can also be complemented with additional fire-preventive and repressive systems and autonomous functions.
The Multiscope Rescue UGV has a maximum payload capacity of 1200 kg and a pull force of 15 000 N, allowing it to be equipped with a variety of firefighting-specific payloads such as foam and water tanks. It can also be integrated with a tethered drone system for enhanced situational awareness.
Kuldar Väärsi, CEO of Milrem Robotics, commented: “The Multiscope Rescue Hydra developed together with InnoVfoam can alleviate dangers firefighters face and help contain fires faster. This is also an ideal tool for military rescue services that face the same challenges as other firefighters.”