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Armed Forces History, Division of History of Technology, National Museum of American History


Catalog #: 2004.0229.01    Accession #: 2004.0229
Credit: Division of Military History and Diplomacy, National Museum of American History


iRobot (Maker)

Dimensions / Weight

Dimensions: 7" H x 20.2" W x 34.6" D

Specific History

This object was used by U.S. ground forces in Afghanistan in 2002 and 2003 to help clear caves and bunkers, search buildings and cross live anti-personnel mine fields. The dust and dirt on the object are from Afghanistan.

General History

Today's military faces new threats in Military Operations in urban terrain warfare, terrorism, and other 21st century battle fronts. The Packbot has been instrumental to solving the military's needs for: intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance; battle damage assessment; hostage/barricade situations; and explosive ordnance disposal. Used in the Afghanistan and Iraq missions, Packbots have been used to climb stairs, search tunnels, and examine equipment for explosive materials, while providing soldiers with a safe first look.


Countries: Afghanistan, Iraq, United States
Wars: Operation Enduring Freedom (Afghanistan), Operation Iraqi Freedom
Service: Army
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