Thailand has procured seven Aunav .NEXT robots in a bid to bolster the capabilities of an active counter-terrorism unit in neutralising potential threats.

Developed in Spain, the aunav.NEXT robot is equipped with two synchronised arms and capable of lifting loads of up to 250kg.

It can be used in a multitude of scenarios, including deactivating improvised explosives (IED), handling of hazardous materials, as well as for CBRN (chemical, biological, radiological, and nuclear) activities.

The usage is expected to reduce associated risks and expedite such operations.

Apart from aunav.NEXT robots, Thailand has also incorporated seven aunav.VAN command and control vehicles, a rapid response unit developed to meet the requirements of CBRN and explosive deactivation units.

In combination, the units will help the counter-terrorism unit in safely defusing improvised explosive devices hidden in vehicles and motorcycles.

The Thai unit intends to use the devices to combat potential threats in various southern provinces of the country.

The delivery further expanded aunav’s footprint in Asia. Several other countries in this continent, including Vietnam, China and India already use aunav robots.

Overall, aunav has sold more than 200 units in 16 countries globally.

A part of the robotics arm of everis Aerospace, Defense and Security (everis ADS), aunav focuses on the development of smart robots for security and defence purposes.

Earlier this year, the company introduced aunav.NEO, an explosive disposal robot with an adaptable geometry system.

The robot is capable of defusing improvised explosives and ammunition in tight spaces such as aircraft, bus and subway aisles among others.