By Mark Hodge @mrhodgey
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Videographer / Director: Howe and Howe Technologies
Producer: Mark Hodge, Chloe Browne
Editor: Kyle Waters
The 8000lb Ripsaw was developed by Howe and Howe Technologies, a US company which specialises in pushing the limits of off-road technology
Owned by twin brothers Mike and Geoff Howe, 40, the company creates powerful vehicles for the military, private sector, emergency services and Hollywood studios.
The Ripsaw, which has a huge 650bhp, is a dual tracked vehicle which was originally developed as an anti-IED platform for the military but is now hired out for recreational purposes.
Mike said: “We started developing the Ripsaw in the 1990s, as we had been developing off-road technology and wanted to take it to the next level.
“We decided to build a high speed track vehicle, like a really fast track vehicle that's not slow like a regular tank – we knew that that had never been done before.”
The patriotic brothers, who were born in Maine, USA, have continued to develop their innovations, helping the police and the armed forces.
One of their most successful creations is the Swat Bot, which doubles as a robotic shield and a battering ram.
Geoff said: “The Swat Bot developed out of our existing technology for the US military.
“In some of our military contracting we have been tasked with finding a robot, a walk behind IED defeat robot.
“The original robot walks in front of the soldiers and digs the land up in front of them, ensuring the soldier doesn't get blown up.
“Our police officers put their lives on the line everyday and we wanted to give them that protection, so instead of carrying a shield and being laden down with weight, the swat bot does all that - it's a fully operational shield as well as a door buster.