Reconnaissance Robots

Providing remote reconnaissance while removing troops from excessive danger in today’s ever-changing threat environment remains a key challenge for commanders and operators.

QinetiQ’s scalable range of reconnaissance robots includes the operationally proven TALON and Dragon Runner robots, our innovative MAARS Robot, and the Robotic Appliqué Kit.

These platforms support a wide range of ISTAR (Intelligence, Surveillance, Target Acquisition and Reconnaissance) missions with payloads including:

  • day and night cameras
  • motion detectors
  • acoustic microphones
  • hostile fire detection systems
  • loud speaker systems with sirens


Reconnaissance robots

Reconnaissance: TALON®

Large enough to get the job done yet small enough to be easily transported, the fast and mobile TALON family of robots keeps personnel, assets and civilians out of harm’s way.

The lightweight tracked vehicles can be deployed on missions including:

  • improvised explosive device (IED) and explosive ordnance disposal (EOD)
  • reconnaissance
  • communications
  • security
  • defence
  • rescue

For more information, visit the QinetiQ North America website.


Dragon Runner robot

Reconnaissance: Dragon Runner™ 10

A lightweight, compact, multi-mission Micro Unmanned Ground Vehicle (MUGV), DR-10™ was developed to support small unit dismounted operations. The robot enhances reconnaissance missions, serving as the forward eyes of the team and providing early warning of threats.

Using a wearable controller, the operator sends DR-10 ahead to gain overall situational awareness and gather the information required to take action. It can also deliver remote sensors and emplace counter-IEDs.

DR-10 is lightweight and small enough to fit inside an assault pack – minimising impact on existing combat load – and tough enough to be thrown and survive rough handling and adverse weather.

For more information, visit the QinetiQ North America website.


MAARS robot

Reconnaissance: MAARS

Developed in partnership with the United States Army and the United States Marine Corps, the Modular Advanced Armed Robotic System (MAARS) is a modular system that is used chiefly to enhance the security of fixed sites, but can also be re-configured for primarily reconnaissance operations.

MAARS has the ability to see and hear in all climatic conditions, as well as the mobility to move into key terrain to improve observation and area coverage.

The system is controlled entirely by its operator, who can apply through MAARS increasing levels of force, from talking to people, to non-lethal tools or less-than-lethal munitions, up to lethal munitions based upon the Rules of Engagement.

For more information, visit the QinetiQ North America website.


Robotic applique

Reconnaissance: Robotic Appliqué Kit

Our Robotic Appliqué Kit temporarily transforms a Selectable Joystick Controlled (SJC) Bobcat loader into a remotely operated Spartacus-‘robot’, capable of using more than 80 Bobcat-approved attachments.

The loader can be sent down-range to handle large, deeply buried IEDs, vehicle-borne IEDs or land mines and unexploded ordnance.

The controller kit can be installed in around 15 minutes. It works on more than 16,000 SJC Bobcat loaders across multiple different models produced since 2001 and sold worldwide.

For more information, visit the QinetiQ North America website.