PIAP Institute [Industrial Research Institute for Automation and Measurements] has delivered another batch of 26 examples of the Light Reconnaissance Robot – Engineering Robot 1507 model – for the Polish Armed Forces. The systems have been handed off together with a spare parts kit (ZCzZ) and maintenance and repairs kit (ZON).
According to the information released by PIAP, training for 35 operators, maintainers and instructors at the Training Centre of the Engineering and Chemical Branch of the Polish Army, located in Wrocław, would constitute the next step of the procurement process. The last delivery of the BALSA robot is going to be finalized by the end of June 2018.
Delivery of 26 examples of the robot is one of the stages of implementation of the agreement signed by and between the Armament Inspectorate and the Industrial Research Institute for Automation and Measurements (PIAP), pertaining to procurement of 53 engineering robots which would provide support within the scope of EOD and IED missions, and in the process of executing the tasks related to removal and disposal of dangerous loads and materials. The programme is also known as BALSA - Light Reconnaissance Robot (LRR).
LRR system is dedicated to carry out reconnaissance operations in urbanized and open areas, the robot is going to be utilized by the engineering units, also for checking vehicles, aircraft and rooms, within the scope of potential presence of dangerous objects and materials, with the use of the applied daytime and night-vision cameras. Optional sensors are capable of detecting trace quantities of explosive materials. The manipulating arm allows the Balsa robot to uncover the hidden IED, UXO and EFP explosives.