Marine Corps begins fielding robot system for littoral operations

By Audrey Decker / October 21, 2021 at 3:07 PM

Marine Corps Systems Command started fielding an unmanned, amphibious robot to support littoral missions last month.

The Explosive Ordnance Disposal Remotely Operated Vehicle is a box-shaped robot that can identify and neutralize explosive threats in the water, according to today's press release.

"The ROV employs sound navigation and ranging sensors, a high-definition video capability and cameras that provide real-time feedback for [explosive ordnance disposal] divers. It includes an articulator arm that helps Marines maneuver through underwater foliage or neutralize explosive threats," the press release states.

This unmanned vehicle keeps EOD technicians away from potential underwater threats and allows the Marine Corps to leverage waters for missions, something the service hasn't done in the past, according to the press release.

The ROV is the first increment in the Littoral Explosive Ordnance Neutralization Family of Systems, which will allow the Marine Corps to search in a wider area along a shore, the press release states.

In order to achieve Marine Corps Commandant Gen. David Berger's Force Design 2030, the service needs to continue to acquire unmanned systems like the ROV, the press release states.

"Fielding capabilities that conform to the vision to support an evolving naval fight will ultimately support the present and future Marine," the service states.