Mobile Obliteration Platform (MOP)


The Mobile Obliteration Platform, (MOP) was designed by SRI to combat Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs). The system uses a low cost wirelessly controlled platform mounting SRI’s Engineered Neutralization and Dispersion Source (ENDS), combines a fragmentation panel placed on an explosive sheet made of low-pressure explosive, backed by a tampering plate. MOP can be controlled from a distance of up to 875 yards (800 meters), utilizing low-cost video camera and radio control. The device is guided to the suspicious object and explodes in a directional pattern, rendering the IED safe without initiating the charge. The effect is localized to a distance of versus tens, sometime hundreds of meters of safe withdrawal distance necessary for conventional techniques that involve in-place IED detonation. MOP is designed as an affordable, expendable system, expected to cost around US$1,000 per unit when ordered in large numbers.