If a small infantry unit already has an HDT Protector robot for tasks such as route clearance and load carrying, HDT also developed a backhoe/loader kit. Using this backhoe/loader attachment, a single infantry squad can build a platoon-sized combat outpost in just a few days.
- The backhoe/loader attachment disassembles into man-portable components in a few minutes. It takes less than 20 minutes to install the kit onto the Protector robot and get started digging.
- The backhoe/loader kit is also useful to Route Clearance Engineers and Explosive Ordnance Disposal
- The backhoe also has a powerful thumb, which turns the backhoe arm into a very simple, but extremely strong manipulator
- With thousands of pounds of pry force, the backhoe can remotely tear apart a suspected Vehicle Borne Improvised Explosive Device (VBIED), or simply grab the vehicle and drag it to a safe location