ARGUS Robotics
Area Reconnaissance Ground and Urban Support

IED Detection and Removal - RCIS Design

Current problem:  As the techniques being used to place Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs) are evolving, there is emerging a growing need for a system capable of remotely removing rubble, which might be covering/concealing these devices.  The small Unmanned Ground Vehicles (SUGVs) currently being used are often not capable of removing the rubble due to the size and weight of the rubble material.


Current Solution:  In order to meet the emerging threat the DOD awarded a contract to improve an existing commercial design.  Using a Commercial on the Shelf (COTS) vehicle and developing the necessary unmanned system control, a set of vehicles were made that exceed all Key Point Parameters (KPP) criteria with 100% operational usage.  In addition, the ease that other secondary sensor systems can be quickly mounted allows the design to quickly be adapted for a wide range of uses. 


Benefit:  The COTS vehicles are designed for attachment to a HMMWV without the need for a trailer, towed into position, quickly removed, sent into a potential site, remove debris and/or dig down to expose the IED, then return to the operators position to allow proper disposal of the IED.  This can be done at a distance exceeding 500meters, with time measured in minutes.  In addition, such a design has a set of manual controls so that the vehicle can be used as a construction vehicle to assist Engineering Groups.

U.S. Patent Nos. 7,267,354, 7,275,459, 7,565,941, and Patents Pending.




Cross Reference

Technical Reference







120 days

A1, A3, A3a, A4, A5, A6, A7, A8

B1, B2, B3







Industrial Applications


Homeland Security



This file can be downloaded from the Document Library
Imagination and Creativity lead to Innovation

ARGUS Robotics, PO Box 335, Hurricane, WV 25526        (304) 767-4576