The Stuff We Use (and Abuse)

Innovation: The process of making improvements by introducing something new

We EOD Techs pride ourselves on being adaptive and innovative in our work. Our tool set allows us many options to attack a problem.

Robots

Robots are the most indispensible tools that we have when dealing with IEDs. 

Talon

Talon EOD RobotManufactured by Foster-Miller, the Talon is the most prolific in current operations by the military. It's fast, and strong enough to drag most projectiles. The arm is easy to use, and the cameras have great clarity.

PackBot

Manufactured by iRobot (the same company that makes robotic vacuums), PackBots are PackBot 500 lightweight, have numerous preset functions, easy to change batteries, and great arm manipulation.  It's not as fast as the Talon or as strong as the Andros, but it is very easy to manipulate the arm/claw after you learn the controls. The newest version of the PackBot EOD has a controller similar to an XBOX 360's. iRobot puts a lot of thought into their product and actively seeks input from EOD techs. 

Andros

AndrosManufactured by Remotec, this robot is the workhorse of America's civilian bomb squads.  It was the only robot in the military's EOD shop until the changes of warfare required a lighter, faster robot.  The arm and chassis are strong enough to drag an adult out of harm's way.

Bomb Suits

EOD 9 Bomb Suit by Med-EngIf you do a job long enough, you're evuntually going to have a bad day. Bad days in EOD usually mean walking right up to an IED. When that day occurs, you'll be very glad that you have a bomb suit to wear. They're heavy. They reduce mobility and vision. They're effective.
The military uses Med-Eng bomb suit models EOD 9 and SRS 5. They come with cooling units, and the helmets have integrated communications systems.

Vehicles

JERRV or Cougar... or whatever it wants to be calledWaaaaay back  when EOD was organized, Jeeps were their response vehicles. In the jungles of Vietnam, EOD teams had to write "EOD" on their windshields and paint the fenders red.  The red paint left but the Jeeps stayed until HMMWVs entered the service in the mid-80's.  Hummer chassis were fitted with a unique body solely for  EOD use.  They're called BEODs (bee-odd).  Because of enemy tactics in the War on Terror, a need was defined for a more spacious, bomb-proof vehicle for EOD teams.  Called JERRVs (Joint EOD Rapid Response Vehicle), these new trucks are extremely resistant to the road-side bombs that have been placed in their way.  If you've heard of the MRAP (Mine Resistant Ambush Protected) family of vehicles, they're one of  them.


M107 LRSR

This can seriously mess a mutha' up... I mean render safe an IEDThe M107 Long Range Sniper Rifle is a .50 caliber rifle made by Barrett Firearms.  It comes with a Leopold scope, holds a ten round magazine, and has an effective range of 2,000 (that's two thousand) meters.  EOD uses it as a tool, not a weapon. Eat your Wheaties before you consider carrying, it weighs 32 pounds. 

Kits and Tools

an expensive defuzing toolHook and Line (HAL) KitThere are many tools that are unique to rendering safe munitions, fuzes, and IEDs. Too many to post a picture of online.  But what we also use are tools that we buy at our local Lowe's/Home Depot.  These include wrenches, screw drivers, carabineers, clamps, and pulleys to name a few.  If we think we can use it to make our job easier, we will.