Metal Storm and iRobot team up

Metal Storm seems to have survived the … uuuggghhh … storm. This video shot by the US Navy (who funds Metal Storm research) shows a Metal Storm FireStorm 40mm grenade launcher mounted on a iRobot 710 Warrior unmanned ground vehicle.

The four barreled FireStorm holds 24 40mm grenades.

[ Many thanks to Daniel Watters for emailing me the vid. ]

Steve Johnson

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  • Clodboy

    Wait, they actually called this thing the “iRobot”? Damn, Aasimov must be spinning in his grave like an M134 minigun.

  • SpudGun

    I think Clodboy is making a very astute reference as Asimov’s rules of robotics are cheifly concerned with not harming humans in anyway.

    It’s a bit like having a seal club called ‘Greenpeace’.

  • Scott

    Steve, I think he’s referring to the original story – one of the laws of Robotics was that A Robot will not cause harm to a human being.

  • D

    I need to put one of these on my iRobot Roomba while its vacuuming the house. It can combat patrol as well

  • Martin

    U.S. Robotics (modems) named their company after Aasimov’s fictional company, U.S. Robotics and Mechanical Men.

    In any case, it’s got some potential, but still needs a lot of development. It still looks flimsy and top heavy.

  • Lance

    yeah but this rombot wont last long after being hit by a RPG-7!!

  • Maigo

    Metal Storm just doesn’t seem like a practical system, maybe for vehicular mounted smoke launchers and the MAUL maybe
    WB Steve

  • Kyle Huff

    So, since Iron Man, everyone has to use Back in Black?

  • Jeff

    I may have to turn in my man card, but my iRobot Scooba rocks!! 🙂

  • KP

    I’m always left thinking the same. It’s like they’re scratching for reasons for it to exist (and keep their Navy funded jobs). 24 shots isn’t very impressive when the smallest Mk19 box is 34 – and this looks like some very low velocity ammo.

  • Mark

    Dear KP, have a gander at the following link:

    If that doesn’t look fearsome, I don’t know what does. Especially the period 0:25 to 0:45. Imagine that as a sentry with infra-red equipment attached to it. There would be no warning siren, and Achmed the Taliban warrior that decided it was a good idea to attack a US Army base would get 36 rounds to the face without warning. Pwned.