oops...redundant post...I just read the threads the links led to. Sorry 'bout that.
They are very neat rifles, we've been shooting with the Navy guys a couple of times, and gotten to run some rounds through them. I like the EO tech, and those guys swear by them. I thought the grip pod was such a good idea I bought one for my M-4.
Finnish EOD in Kosovo.
Finnish peacekeepers found a large weapons cache in 12/20/2006. EOD destroyed most of the stuff that was found.
Some pics of Navy EOD in pre-deployment training at China Lake.
Lots more here
Nice pix BMF!
I liked the ones you posted in a today's pix thread some time back:
A Micro Air Vehicle (MAV) flies over a simulated combat area during an operational test flight
China Lake, Calif. (Nov. 14, 2006)- Explosive Ordnance Disposal Technician 2nd Class Matthew Ludwig, assigned to Naval Special Clearance Team One (NSCT-1), controls a Foster-Miller Talon Mk.II mine disposal robot while searching for a simulated improvised explosive device (IED). NSCT-1 currently uses the Mk.II in their ordnance disposal operations worldwide. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Kenneth G. Takada
It reminds me of these, though not EOD
Shown are an SUGV (Small Unmanned Ground Vehicle), left, and and Micro Aerial Vehicle (MAV), being used by soldiers from the Future Force Warrior Program, during a three-week training exercise employing the military's Future Combat Systems, Thursday, Feb. 1, 2007, at the Oro Grande Base Camp in Oro Grande, N.M.
Soldiers from the Future Combat Systems, Evaluation Brigade Combat Team, employ an unmanned vehicle to clear a road during an exercise and live demonstration Feb. 1 at Oro Grande Range, Fort Bliss, Texas.
A Soldier (left) from the Future Combat Systems, Evaluation Brigade Combat Team, views his screen for unforeseen obstacles during an exercise and live demonstration Feb. 1 at Oro Grande Range, Fort Bliss, Texas.
i posted a thread with eod pics from my ramadi tour.....
look for the thread, " about the size of it "......
HiresMembers of a joint Navy and Marine Explosive Ordnance Disposal team supporting a patrol from Battalion Landing Team 1st Bn., 2nd Marines take cover behind their Humvee as they destroy an improvised explosive device near Forward Operating Base Hit, Iraq, Jan. 2, 2006. The patrol, which is part of the ground combat of the 22nd Marine Expeditionary Unit (Special Operations Capable), moments earlier discovered the IED and also engaged and destroyed an insurgent IED placement team as part of the MEU's ongoing counterinsurgency efforts in Iraq's Al Anbar province with the 2nd Marine Division.
Staff Sgt. John Pado, team leader of Team ‘Chuck Norris’, 2nd Explosive Ordnance Disposal Platoon, 1st Marine Logistics Group (Forward), searches a hole for improvised explosive devices while counteracting IEDs in Al Anbar Province. Currently, these Marines spend six months away from their family every year but they feel their job makes a difference. “I joined EOD to better myself,” said Pado, 27, native of Toledo, Ohio. “In this (occupation) you have the skill to minimize a threat to save Marines.”
Responding to the needs of warfighters, iRobot Corp. announced the iRobot PackBot(R) 510 with EOD Kit, a second-generation explosive ordnance disposal (EOD) robot. PackBot 510 uses a new game-style hand controller for faster training and easier operation in the field. In addition, the robot is 30 percent faster, drags larger objects, lifts twice the weight and has a grip that is three times stronger than its predecessor. To date, iRobot has delivered more than 800 PackBot robots, and these powerful robots are in operation in Iraq, Afghanistan and around the world
A working proven controller that most people have some familiarity with = mission success.
EOD is the king of improvisation.
all soldiers are belong to Yahalom (diamond), special combat enginering operations unit. yahalom handles all EOD and special demolision roles. most of the photos were taken from IDF combat enginering website, and are probably a decade old.
some recent photos:
man-robot co-op training
the other side: bridge demolition in gaza strip
rocket production workshop demolition, also in gaza
last week's demolition of hizballah ammo