Grenade-throwing robot to fight fires on ships
The Navy is developing a Shipboard Autonomous Firefighting Robot (SAFFiR) to help fight ship fires.
March 13th, 2012
03:17 PM ET

Grenade-throwing robot to fight fires on ships

It might look like science fiction but the U.S. Naval Research Laboratory (NRL) hopes to turn this humanoid robot into a seafaring fact in an effort to improve firefighting capabilities on board military vessels.

Currently at the development stage, the Shipboard Autonomous Firefighting Robot (or SAFFiR for short) is intended to combat fires in the cramped conditions of a ship, saving lives and costly equipment.

Armed with cameras and a gas sensor, the battery-powered SAFFiR will be "capable of activating fire suppressors" and throwing "propelled extinguishing agent technology (PEAT) grenades," says the NRL.

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