QinetiQ Unveils ‘Dragon Runner’ Micro Military Robot

The “micro unmanned ground vehicle” is for military and first responder robotic missions.
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The “micro unmanned ground vehicle” is for military and first responder robotic missions.

QinetiQ North America, a producer of robotic technology solutions for the law enforcement and military markets, unveils the Dragon Runner 10 (DR10), its new “micro unmanned ground vehicle” for military and first responder robotic missions.

At just over ten pounds, the DR10 is small enough to carry in an assault pack and rugged enough to throw into buildings and hostile environments, according to Charles Dean, QinetiQ’s director of business development unmanned systems group, land division. With multiple sensor and payload options, the DR10 is designed for reconnaissance and surveillance missions to support small military units, patrols and first responder teams, he said.

A warfighter using the DR10 uses a wearable controller to send the robot into a potentially hostile environment first to assess the situation, Dean said. Whether it is being driven or thrown into a potentially hostile area, the DR10 can quickly gain situational awareness and report information back to the operator, he said, adding the DR10’s day and night sensors enable it to serve as the team’s forward eyes and ears, while carrying out critical missions such as explosive ordnance disposal, setting counter-improvised explosive device charges, delivering remote sensors, gathering intelligence and conducting surveillance.

The DR10 is 15” long, 13.5” wide and 5.8” tall. When thrown, DR10 has the ability to automatically flip video images, antennae and controls upon landing. Multiple payloads are available, including a variety of sensors, radios, cameras and robotic arms. DR10 can be equipped with either tracked or wheeled mobility options to negotiate various types of terrain.

“Military robotic missions save lives, and if possible, it’s better to send the robot in first,” said JD Crouch, QinetiQ North America’s technology solutions group president.

“Dragon Runner 10 is a practical solution that makes it easier to carry and operate sophisticated robots in theater.”