Army bomb disposal experts in Northern Ireland have received a new state-of-the-art robot.
The latest T7 Remote Controlled Vehicle (RCV) reportedly allows the operator to "feel" the suspicious object as they investigate and is also fitted with high-definition camera equipment.
It is set to become the main RCV for Explosive Ordnance Disposal and Search (EOD&S) Regiment units across the UK.
The regiment recently tweeted photographs of the new robot in action at a military base in Ballykinler, County Down.
The robot is expected to be brought into regular service across Northern Ireland in the coming weeks.
The 321 EOD & Search Squadron is based in Northern Ireland and receives requests for assistance from the Police Service of Northern Ireland (PSNI) when a suspicious object is reported.
According to PSNI statistics, there were 20 bombing incidents in the region between 1 March 2019 and 29 February 2020, compared to 14 in the previous year.
However, the Army’s bomb disposal team is tasked with dozens of more potential incidents across Northern Ireland, ranging from hoaxes to finding and dismantling of viable devices.
PSNI statistics show the finding of 0.8kg of explosives over the last 12 months.
This figure excludes historic explosives, such as Second World War bombs.
Cover image: Twiter/@11_EOD_Regiment.