At 8 years old, the Grand Forks Regional Bomb Squad’s Andros F6a bomb disposal robot isn’t in as good of shape as the law enforcement group would like to see.
But with a grant from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, a $59,000 upgrade the robot needs to stay at the top of its game won’t cost the city of Grand Forks a dime.
The squad’s second robot, an ICOR MK-3, also will be receiving an upgrade costing $22,500.
“You can think of the upgrade as changing the oil in your car,” said Lt. Dwight Love with the Grand Forks Police Department.
The $81,000 will cover software and mechanical updates both machines need to improve their usefulness and reliability to the squad.
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