An ultra-durable, remote-operated mini-tank originally created to neutralize improvised explosive devices in combat zones for the U.S. Army has been re-imagined as a firefighting robot.
Created by defense contractor Howe and Howe Technologies, Thermite is designed for fire suppression in areas that are deemed too dangerous for humans. The mini-tank is equipped with HD video and thermal scanning capabilities and is capable of pumping out 500 gallons of water per minute, winching 1,300 pounds and climbing 18-inch vertical steps.
In order to prevent Thermite’s electronic components from overheating or melting due to extreme heat, a portion of water pumped at a fire is pushed through the mini-tank’s “internal veins” as liquid coolant. Thermite’s roll cage is also capable of converting into a giant sprinkler system with cooling fans to help recycle mist.
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