We were the Prime Contractor for the PANAMA remotely operated vehicle (ROV) system specially designed for improvised explosive device (IED) detection.
Featuring a counter-IED and threat detection capability, the ROV is fitted with a variety of sensors and MACE technology that enable it to be safely controlled from a remote operator control station. During the Afghanistan conflict, PANAMA was the largest UGV used by NATO and has made a significant contribution towards minimising the danger posed to military personnel tasked with IED detection. Commenting on the system in 2013, Col Adrian Parker OBE said PANAMA had,
“…proven a step change in operational tempo in Afghanistan” and that the Operational Commander at the time had referred to it as “…a game-changing capability and the best system of IED detection currently deployed within the NATO group.”