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Robot uses heat to strip rubber off nuclear submarines

Robot uses heat to strip rubber off nuclear submarines

image005By David Szondy
IN 2007, International Climbing Machines (ICM) unveiled its Climber robot, which can scale walls and rounded surfaces using a patented seal system. Now, it’s trying to interest the US Navy in using robots to take over the nasty job of stripping away the rubber anti-sonar cladding from the nuclear submarine fleet using a method that is both cheaper and safer than current procedures.

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New Israeli submarine

New Israeli submarine

Michael Nitz of Naval Press Service took these photos of the new Israeli Navy Dolphin II-class submarine, INS Rahav. The submarine has been handed over from TKMS-shipyard to the Israeli Navy in Kiel. Rahav has been recently conducting crew training and final deep diving tests in the Skagerrak.

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