03/17/2004

Nebraska state patrol bomb squad gets new robot


By Paul Hammel
Omaha World Herald (Nebraska)

State officials Friday unveiled the first of a trio of remote-control robots that will form the first line of defense in the event of a bomb attack on Nebraska.

Mark V, an 800-pound robot the size of a riding lawn mower, rolled out of a garage and opened up a laptop computer bag with an olive-green, telescoping arm for reporters.

The $ 158,000 machine, to be used by the Nebraska State Patrol Bomb Squad, will be joined by two smaller robots in June.

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