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Monaco’s Public Security Service is buying a new remote control robot from the ECA Group, the Iguana E Unmanned Ground Vehicle (UGV). The same company had sold an earlier model, the Castor robot, to the Service in 2004. The company said the Iguana is part of the latest generation of UGVs.
The primary use of the Iguana is in dealing with suspected explosives. “Operational day and night, the Iguana E can be used in different environments, whether in town, in the countryside or indoors – airports, railway stations, underground, tunnels, airplanes, buses, and subways.
In addition, the mobile base and its modules have been designed to be very resistant, which allows the Iguana E to be operated by all climatic conditions – heat, cold, rain, snow, and fog – but also on any type of terrain – earth, sand, grass, concrete, asphalt, mud, and so on.
The company adds that the robot is an efficient tool in dealing with suspicious objects. It can be equipped with a portable X-ray system to determine the contents of packages or luggage. For explosive ordnance disposal missions, the robot destroys suspicious packages using disrupter water cannons.
On February 14, 2018, the ECA Group was awarded an over €10 million contract to supply 15 Iguana E Unmanned Ground Vehicles and support equipment to the French police.
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Pope Francis had telephoned Christian Estrosi two days after the Bastille Day attack on the Promenade des Anglais to convey his support to the local community. The Pope had also spoken on the phone with Paolo Celi, president of the France-Italy Friendship Association. Celi said: “He asked me to convey a message to all the families involved in some way by this terrible tragedy, all of Nice and the people of France. He is horrified by the events and demands deep and final peace among men of all races, religion, and affiliation.”
Pope Francis does not understand that one can target children and their families that have come together to participate in a moment of happiness, said Celi, adding that “we ask everyone to pray for the victims and he has the strength to do the job".