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A large-scale, human-controlled robot for use in disaster sites, the T-52 Enryu (which translates as ‘T-52 Rescue Dragon’) is one heck of a piece of kit. At 3.45 metres (11.3 feet) tall and 2.4 metres (7.9 feet) wide, it’s packed with seven 6.8-megapixel CCD cameras and the ability to lift objects weighing up to one ton with its hydraulic arms. The T-52 is arguably the most advanced disaster-relief mech in service, infiltrating hazardous areas and withstanding conditions a human never could.

The mech was built by the Japanese company TMSUK in partnership with Kyoto University and Japan’s National Research Institute of Fire and Disaster for undertaking heavy-duty work in disaster areas. The T-52 can either be operated from its armoured cockpit or remotely from a control station, with the pilot receiving contextual information via a series of LCD displays.

The machine specialises in lifting large and heavy objects, meaning that it can easily help free people trapped in earthquakegenerated building collapses. While the Rescue Dragon is still in its development phase, it has already passed a number of operational tests and was recently deployed to help clear up the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant disaster of 2011, patrolling the site and removing large pieces of radioactive rubble.