HDT Global's Protector Robot Wins JIEDDO Disrupt Challenge at Robotics Rodeo 2012

HDT's Protector robot won the Joint Improvised Explosive Device Defeat Organization's (JIEDDO) Disrupt Challenge, outperforming all other competitors in what JIEDDO describes as the most difficult and important challenge event at the Robotics Rodeo. The JIEDDO Disrupt Challenge assesses the ability of a system to disable IED pressure-sensitive trigger switches and tripwires in a tactical environment without detonating devices.

Solon, OH July 03, 2012


HDT Global is proud to announce today that the Protector robot is the winner of the Joint Improvised Explosive Device Defeat Organization's (JIEDDO) Disrupt Challenge, outperforming all other competitors in what JIEDDO described as the most difficult and important challenge event at the Robotics Rodeo.

The JIEDDO Disrupt Challenge assesses the ability of a system to disable IED pressure-sensitive trigger switches and tripwires in a tactical environment without detonating devices. The Protector completed the 2.8-kilometer course using HDT's mini-flail attachment and successfully disrupted hidden triggers to prevent IEDs from detonating.

"The Protector's win at the JIEDDO Disrupt Challenge is an outstanding accomplishment for HDT Robotics," said Dr. Tom Van Doren, Chief Operating Officer of HDT Robotics. "We are thrilled to showcase the advanced capabilities of HDT's revolutionary, life-saving technologies at Robotics Rodeo."

Only three feet wide and five feet long, the Protector lightens loads for troops by carrying up to 1000 pounds of supplies and simultaneously clears paths of explosive threats. Wirelessly controlled, the diesel-powered Protector features rugged tracks and a suspension system similar to that on a tank, allowing unmatched maneuverability through rugged terrain and challenging trails.

About HDT: Headquartered in Solon, Ohio, USA, HDT Global is widely recognized for its industry-leading production of state-of-the-art, fully integrated deployable solutions, including shelters, generators, heaters, air filtration devices, parachutes, aerial delivery systems, robotics and other engineered technologies, currently used by U.S. and allied military units worldwide, as well as civilian government and commercial customers. For more information, visit http://www.hdtglobal.com.

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