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Unmanned Systems and Integrated Solutions

Robots for Nuclear Power Plants

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Curtiss-Wright has partnered with Teledyne FLIR Defense to provide unmanned aerial systems, unmanned ground systems, and integrated solutions to customers that require specialized platforms for remote data collection, inspections, access to hazardous areas or precision manipulations. Unmanned systems are a vital tool for performing tasks in challenging conditions without compromising safety.

Teledyne FLIR Defense has direct experience in the nuclear market, with a mature installed base of ground robotics in several commercial nuclear power plants, U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) sites, and international projects. They have delivered more than 20,000 unmanned platforms to over 50 countries. As the largest robot producer in the world, Teledyne FLIR Defense offers a suite of robots which can enter radiation control areas and perform specialized monitoring and inspections including:

  • Thermal and visual inspection
  • Video and audio recording of inspections
  • In-service inspections
  • Leak detection
  • Meter and gauge reading verifications
  • Radiation monitoring, surveys and measurements 
  • And many other applications, contact us for details

Curtiss-Wright can provide the following unmanned systems support:

  • Mission preparation
  • Supply unmanned ground systems
  • Platform maintenance and upgrades
  • Conduct inspections
  • Documentation/reporting
  • Training
  • Service

All Teledyne FLIR Defense robots are controllable from a common interface for greater integration and usability. Robots are also sealed to meet IP67 requirements, making them easy to decontaminate after each mission.


    FirstLook 1
    FirstLook 2
    FirstLook 3

    This 6.6 lbs remote reconnaissance robot measures just 4.9” H X 9” W X 10.3” L. Its compact design includes color cameras on all four sides, making FirstLook ideal for inspection in tight, confined spaces and dark environments. 

    • Over 1,000 systems fielded 
    • Throwable and rugged – survives 16-foot drops
    • Waterproof to 3 feet
    • Ability to traverse obstacles and self-rights when flipped over
    • Supports optional sensors and optional manipulator
    • Sealed to IP67 – Easy to Decon


    PackBot 1

    This proven, versatile robot packs down to 16” H X 17” W X 27” L for convenient storage and transport. PackBot is highly flexible. It climbs stairs and supports multiple sensors including thermal camera and sensors for hazardous materials and radiation detection. 

    • Over 4,000 systems fielded
    • High-definition zoom camera and video for detailed inspections
    • 7+-foot camera reach and 4+-foot gripper reach
    • Maximum manipulator lift of 44 lbs
    • Designed for and compliant with a wide variety of EMI standards
    • Sealed to IP67 – Easy to Decon


    Kobra 1

    This powerful robot’s strength is unmatched within its weight class. Kobra lifts 330 lbs at a close-in position and 100 lbs at full extension. It features a gripper reach up to 11 feet, as well as multiple cameras and illumination capabilities. Despite its robust capabilities, it is transportable in small vehicles.

    • Wireless or fiber optic communication
    • Maximum manipulator lift of 330 lbs
    • Designed to meet MIL-STD-461 and 464 for electromagnetic interference characteristics
    • Sealed to IP67 – Easy to Decon