U.S. Government Provides UPDF with Explosive Ordinance Disposal Robot

KAMPALA–The United States government, via the Office of Security Cooperation at the U.S. Embassy to Uganda, on December 4 provided the Uganda People’s Defense Forces (UPDF) with explosive ordinance disposal (EOD) training equipment, including the robotic EOD system known as the Packbot 501. The U.S. Office of Security Cooperation in Uganda has helped field the equipment to Uganda under the Building Partner Capacity program, a U.S. program with the purpose of enhancing the capacity of partner nation security forces to conduct counterterrorism and stability operations.

This new training and equipment, valued in excess of $405,000 (Sh1.34 billion), provides an exceptional enhancement of the UPDF’s operational capabilities. The Packbot 501 can perform a host of functions, ranging from traditional bomb disposal to handling hazardous materials. It can also adapt to specific mission sets, climb stairs, and transmit real-time video to its operators, who can remain at a safe distance from any lethal device or situation. The equipment will be utilized at the UPDF’s Engineering School in Kalama.

“This equipment transfer will allow the UPDF to increase both its training and mission capabilities for peacekeeping operations,” stated Colonel Ronald Miller, the senior defense official at the U.S. Embassy in Kampala. “It also demonstrates the strength of America’s continuing partnership with the Uganda military.”

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