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.