Monster Machines: Crooks Don't Stand A Chance Against The SWAT Bot

With so much crazy going around these days, its a hairy time to be in law enforcement. But with this door-breaching, bullet-stopping, car-towing robo-tank in front of them, SWAT units will be unstoppable.

Built by Howe and Howe Technologies -- the team behind Discovery Channel's "Howe and Howe Tech: Black Ops Brothers," the Ripsaw tank from GI Joe 2, a host of robotic defence systems -- the RS1-RBS1 SWAT Robot was designed in coordination with the Massachusetts State Police.

It's based on the company's RS1 platform, a remote controlled all-terrain treaded vehicle, customised to the needs of law enforcement. As such, it incorporates a collapsible ballistics shield far larger than the hand-held ballistic shields SWAT teams typically rely on for protection during raids. When extended, the SWAT bot stands 203cm high, 183cm long, 246cm wide, and weighs over 1000kg. Its 25HP diesel engine allows it to push up to 576kg of debris on asphalt, 470kg on concrete, and, with the Dragon Tail car piercing/extraction tool, the RBS1 can embed a tow chain into a vehicle and pull it out of the way with an integrated 2268kg winch. And the hardened steel nose point is pretty much the last thing you'd want to see breaking through your barricaded front door.

The RBS1 starts at $US30,000 plus another $US65,000 for the RS1 Base. There's no word yet on when the Howe brothers will get around to building a proper Tachikoma though.

[Howe and Howe via Physorg]


    Look I'm sorry but WTF are the US police forces gearing up for? I mean this is getting nuts. The thing I couldn't get over was how militarised the SWAT and other police officers were in Boston last week. M4s, camouflage uniforms, that bear cat thing. I'm not a huge fan/hater of cops, but there is nothing worse than a douche cop who thinks he's G.I. Joe. Leave the defending to the defence force.

    EDIT: Jesus Christ, I just googled 'Bearcat' and there is one in Tasmania.... TASMANIA! WTF is going to go down in Tassie that requires a street tank? And there is no way a whack-o with a rifle and shot gun couldn't have been stopped with a single sniper. It's just a waste of money.

    Last edited 26/04/13 9:40 pm

      Americas solution to everything: MOAR GUNZ!!

      It might not happen in my life time but I can almost guarantee that one day if something doesn't change, that America will tear itself apart with violence and be left in a state of civil wars and unrest.

      Every great civilisation throughout history comes to an end and collapses in turmoil. I truly believe that the U.S.A is set on a collision course to share the same fate. After all, history always repeats itself, it's just a matter of time.

        If you look throughout history that timeline gets shorter and shorter each time. Ancient Egyptians ruled for millennia, then the Romans for a thousand, the Nords for a few hundred, the Brits for a couple hundred, I reckon the yanks will be lucky to make 100.... 30 years left, mark my words.

          Millenia? rearry?
          Millennia: "A period of a thousand years, esp. when calculated from the traditional date of Christ's birth."
          So you're not really counting down, it's thousands, then thousands, then the Nords never ruled the world, the Brits never really ruled the world either, the Yanks definitely don't rule the world... apples, oranges and potatoes.

      Actually, there's several around Australia dude. Do moar research.

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