Local Army Reserve Unit Learn to Use Robotic Equipment

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Army Reserve soldiers from the 469th Engineer Platoon out of Bentonville, a subordinate unit of the 416th Theater Engineer Command. were at Fort Leonard Wood, Mo., this week learning how to use new equipment.

The M-160 Robotic Mine Flail is designed to clear areas of anti-personnel mines to keep ground forces safe.  

Using line of sight remote control, soldiers remain a safe distance away from any potential detonations and tripwires. 

“It puts a mobile path for troops to move and if you know there’s a mine field or something that gives them ease access to get through that area,” said Sgt. Patrick Cochran, 469th engineer platoon.

The M-160 churns up the ground using a drum with chains and small hammers, digging into the ground several inches, detonating any hazards in its path.  

The vehicle is armored to protect it from blasts that would otherwise injure or kill a soldier.

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