- The Washington Times - Friday, October 14, 2016

A U.S. company has largely turned the cumbersome suits and equipment of explosive ordinance disposal (EOD) personnel into a non-factor with its new off-road vehicle.

Alabama-based Torq Defense Systems has developed a buggy that can bring in EOD specialists, SWAT and HAZMAT teams in a hurry. Its Explosive Ordinance Disposal Light Tactical Electric Vehicle (LTEV) was specifically engineered around the bulky equipment first responders use to save lives.

“We designed this purpose-built LTEV with input from EOD and law enforcement industry” said Rick D’Andrea, director of Sales and Marketing in a Tuesday press release.

The product also impressed Popular Mechanics, which called the LTEV “a go-kart for the bomb squad” on Friday.

Some of the other features on the light-tactical vehicle include:

  • A max speed of 30 miles per hour.
  • An overhead operator protection system.
  • All-wheel hydraulic disc brakes.
  • Independent front and rear suspension.

“The open design of this lightweight and stealthy task oriented vehicle easily lends itself to situational customization for a wide array of narrowly defined missions and applications, TORQ Defense Systems President Steve Brown added in the company’s press release.

Popular Mechanics noted that police departments have been keen to acquire such a vehicle, which may have been useful this summer when a bomb disposal robot was deployed in Texas to kill an active shooter.

Micah Johnson died July 7 after a Dallas massacre that killed five police officers and wounded nine others. His rampage also wounded two other civilians.

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