HALO Trust, a demining company with several US government contracts to operate in Ukraine, will use the Spot robot dog to clear mortar shells and cluster munitions in previously Russian-held areas near Kyiv.
In a test session last year, the Spot worked well with small ammo like those seen all over Ukraine. The HALO Trust hopes this will translate into a fight against cluster munitions, which Russia has used indiscriminately in Ukraine, leaving behind bombs all over the country.
Spot can help haul unexploded ordnance, such as cluster bombs, into the pits. In the future, this will allow them to be safely detonated away from civilians in batches of 50 to 100 shells without endangering the 10 HALO teams stationed in Bucha and Brovary.
Recall that Western partners in the near future may provide Ukrainian sappers with underwater drones for demining water bodies. Special equipment will make it possible to neutralize explosive objects in conditions of poor visibility.
Read urgent and important messages about Russia’s war against Ukraine on the RBC-Ukraine Telegram channel.