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FLIR Systems details CRS-H win

5th December 2019 - 09:30 GMT | by The Shephard News Team

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FLIR Systems has detailed its win on the US Army’s Common Robotic System-Heavy (CRS-H) programme.

Announced by the US Department of Defense in November, the company was awarded a five-year production contract worth up to $109 million to build upwards of 350 Kobra UGVs.

The CRS-H programme will give the army a program of record to build and sustain a fleet of large UGVs for years to come. The CRS-H platform calls for a robot weighing up to 700lbs. Army Explosive Ordnance Disposal units will use the system to perform a range of missions, such as disarming vehicle-borne improvised explosive devices, unexploded ordnance, or related heavy-duty tasks. A variety of sensors and payloads also can be added to the UGV to support other missions.

The army tested the Kobra in two rounds of testing, with system manoeuvrability and usability put to the test against other vendor systems.

Jim Cannon, president and CEO at FLIR, said: ‘We are pleased to be selected for the US Army’s CRS-H programme and deliver lifesaving robotic technology to our soldiers. This award exemplifies why we acquired Endeavor Robotics earlier this year — to capture strategic programs of record that enable us to integrate advanced solutions for the warfighter, give us the fuel to grow our business, and strengthen our position as a leader in unmanned systems.’ 

Kobra has a lift capacity of 330lbs (150kg) and can stretch up to 11.5ft to access hard-to-reach places. Ready for indoor and outdoor use, Kobra maintains mobility on tough terrain and can overcome obstacles such as jersey barriers.

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