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Friday 17 August 2018

Our troops' secret Segway weapon in war on terror

ARMY bomb experts have unveiled their secret weapon for dealing with a terrorist "dirty bomb" -- the Segway scooter.

Experts from the Army's Ordnance Corps used the Segways to transport personnel dressed in chemical warfare suits and breathing oxygen during a major exercise at Dublin Port.

A "dirty bomb" is one of the most feared weapons in a terrorist's arsenal and uses explosives to disperse radioactive material or deadly germs in urban areas.

Operation Contained Freedom involved more than 50 soldiers, gardai, fire fighters and Port Authority officials dealing with the mock bomb. The bomb experts used South African made RG-32M armoured vehicles, Irish made HOBO robots -- and the Segways during the exercise.

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