Army robot used at Pike River mine

Army robot
OH 08-0332-06 - Robot operating in conjunction with an operator.

22 November 2010

The Army is providing a specialist robot with a team from the Explosive Ordnanace Disposal Unit to the Pike River Mine to see if it can be used to assist with the Police operation.

The Technical name for the robot is the Remote Positioning Device Wheelbarrow Revolution, NZ Defence Force Version.

The Robot is a battery powered vehicle that is capable of being remotely operated. The vehicle is able to perform reconnaissance, object retrieval and weapons delivery in human hazardous sites. Its primary role in the NZDF is for the disposal of Improvised Explosive Device (IED) and Explosive Ordnance Devices (EOD).

In the robot's standard configuration it operates with four cameras, two for movement and two on the arm for weapon placement/aiming.

Recently the robot supported the NZ Police during the Napier Siege.


Please direct any enquires on the use of the Army Robot at the Pike River mine to the NZ Police.

For any questions on the Robot please contact Major Kristian Dunne, Senior Media Adviser (Army) on 021 478 574 for further information.

This page was last reviewed on 17 January 2011.