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Howe & Howe Unveils Its Next Generation Thermite™ EV2 Electric Firefighting Robot and Handheld Controller

August 5, 2021

WATERBORO, ME. - Howe & Howe Inc., a subsidiary of Textron Systems Corporation, a Textron Inc. (NYSE: TXT) company, today unveiled its latest innovations for the firefighting community – its next generation Thermite EV2, an all-electric firefighting robot, as well as its new, handheld controller. 

The Thermite EV2 is an all-electric firefighting robot operated by a software-driven controller to effectively target fires with modular design, including a multi-position nozzle and additional attachments. Howe & Howe’s Thermite EV2 is powered by a battery pack instead of a combustible engine; and unlike an oil-cooled engine, the Thermite EV2 does not require oxygen for power. With the ability to operate several hours on a single charge and capable of moving farther into high-temperature, dangerous environments, it extends the capability of firefighters, while enabling them to maintain a safer standoff distance. 

In addition, the Thermite EV2 is the first Thermite to be operated by a state of the art, handheld controller. It features an eight-inch screen and provides real-time situational awareness with recording capabilities. The controller receives regular software updates to ensure operators have the most recent, reliable technology at their fingertips. 

“It’s important that we give our first responders the best we have to offer so that they can complete their missions and return home safely,” said Geoff Howe, Senior Vice President of Howe & Howe. “Our Thermite EV2 and new handheld controller were designed based on user feedback to give firefighters the most powerful tools we can deliver. Moving forward, we intend to apply our all-electric technology and handheld controller capability to future Thermite models.” 

Thermite firefighting robots are able to navigate rugged terrain with a low chassis, as well as withstand exposure to extreme elements. With the system’s advanced technology, unsurpassed mobility and extreme durability, it’s an integral partner for firefighters everywhere.


Howe & Howe is a leader in advanced robotic land vehicles, built and proven for extreme conditions. With a portfolio that includes leading advanced robotic land vehicles, such as the RIPSAW® M5 and the Thermite robotic firefighter, the company is ready and able to support customers wherever they need it most.


Textron Systems is a world leader in unmanned air, surface and land products, services and support for aerospace and defense customers. Harnessing agility and a broad base of expertise, Textron Systems’ innovative businesses design, manufacture, field and support comprehensive solutions that expand customer capabilities and deliver value. For more information, visit


Textron Inc. is a multi-industry company that leverages its global network of aircraft, defense, industrial and finance businesses to provide customers with innovative solutions and services. Textron is known around the world for its powerful brands such as Bell, Cessna, Beechcraft, Hawker, Jacobsen, Kautex, Lycoming, E-Z-GO, Arctic Cat, Textron Systems, and TRU Simulation + Training. For more information, visit

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