A man stands next to the bird strike defense robot (Photo: Chosun)
The UGV underwent testing at military air bases earlier this year (Photo: KBS)
The robot is supposedly 20 percent more effective than other bird strike defense systems (Photo: Channel A)
This CAD rendering from 2009 shows the early design of the UGV and its workstation (Photo: HelloDD)
The Korean Atomic Energy Group and LIG Nex1 (an aerospace and defense subsidiary of LG Corp) have jointly developed what they are calling the world's first bird strike defense robot. Birds are a major headache around military air bases and civilian airports all over the world, as they can cause significant damage when they collide with aircraft or get sucked into engines. The robot is a six-wheeled unmanned ground vehicle (UGV) that uses a combination of directional acoustics and laser patterns to scare birds away.
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