iRobot announces Brazil PackBot UGV order
iRobot will supply the 510 PackBot unmanned ground vehicle (UGV) to Brazil under a new order announced on 15 May. The $7.2 million contract will see PackBot robots, spares and associated equipment provided by the company through December 2013.
The 510 PackBot UGV is a modular, adaptable and expandable tactical mobile robot that performs multiple missions while keeping warfighters and first responders out of harm’s way.
The system is able to climb stairs, roll over rubble and navigate narrow passages with sure-footed efficiency, travelling at speeds of up to 5.8 miles per hour. It can perform a range of missions including explosive ordnance disposal, explosives detection, hazmat detection, surveillance and reconnaissance, checkpoint, vehicle and personnel inspections, building and route clearance and emergency first response.
Frank Wilson, senior vice president and general manager, iRobot Defense & Security, said: ‘iRobot continues its international expansion, and Brazil represents an important market for the company’s unmanned ground vehicles. iRobot is excited to be providing the company’s state-of-the-art robotic technologies to Brazil as the country prepares for several high profile international events, including the 2014 FIFA World Cup.’
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