Firebot “Purga” to Apply Solidifying Foam

Rubric: Russia, Industry, Future

Alongside with the Army-2018 forum, the Patriot Congress & Expo Hall hosts the National Security Week, debuting in an international format. One of the outside showpieces is the firefighting robot designed by Sopot. Its key feature is using the solidifying foam to extinguish the fire.

The Purga robotized explosion/fire prevention, chemical protection and screening system is designed for liquidation and localizing of high-complexity fires. The tracked robot is remotely controlled, operational radius is up to 100 meters. For fire suppression, it uses water, as well as two types of foam: mechanical and quick-setting ones.

Firefighting robot by Sopot

According to designers, in terms of hardness and fire suppression capability, the quick-setting foam outclasses other types of firefighting foams. Made of two liquid components, the foam spreads over the surface on fire and rapidly solidifies.

"The foam sticks to any kind of surface and does not disintegrate at temperatures exceeding 1,000°C. First among the world’s firefighting foams, our project obtained Class I Biodegradability, so it is absolutely safe for human and environment", assures Denis Kuprin, director of the explosion/fire prevention laboratory at Sopot.

The project has already passed trials in the Leningrad Region. Representatives of Sopot shared with Mil.Press Today that the robot would be offered to the NBC Protection Troops.

Firefighting robot ready for application

Earlier on, the Purga firefighting system was mounted on the PTS-2 amphibious transporter designed for the Engineer Troops.

The Army-2018 International Military & Technical Forum is held in August 21-26 at the Patriot Congress & Expo Center, Alabino Range, and Kubinka Airbase near Moscow. As for the Russian Defense Ministry, the event is attended by 1,500+ companies that present over 20,000 products.