With so much crazy going around these days, its a hairy time to be in law enforcement. But with this door-breaching, bullet-stopping, car-towing robo-tank in front of them, SWAT units will be unstoppable.
Built by Howe and Howe Technologies—the team behind Discovery Channel's "Howe and Howe Tech: Black Ops Brothers," the Ripsaw tank from GI Joe 2, a host of robotic defense systems—the RS1-RBS1 SWAT Robot was designed in coordination with the Massachusetts State Police. It's based on the company's RS1 platform, a remote controlled all-terrain treaded vehicle, customized to the needs of law enforcement. As such, it incorporates a collapsible ballistics shield far larger than the hand-held ballistic shields SWAT teams typically rely on for protection during raids. When extended, the SWAT bot stands 80 inches high, 72 inches long, 97 inches wide, and weighs nearly 2300 pounds. Its 25HP diesel engine allows it to push up to 1270 pounds of debris on asphalt, 1040 pounds on concrete and with the Dragon Tail car piercing/extraction tool, the RBS1 can embed a tow chain into a vehicle and pull it out of the way with an integrated 5000 pound winch. And the hardened steel nose point is pretty much the last thing you'd want to see breaking through your barricaded front door.
The RBS1 starts at $30,000 plus another $65,000 for the RS1 Base. There's no word yet on when the Howe brothers will get around to building a proper Tachikoma, though.