iRobot announces US Army PackBot FasTac UGV contract
iRobot will supply its PackBot FasTac unmanned ground vehicles (UGVs) to the US Army following the award of a $30 million indefinite delivery/indefinite quantity (IDIQ) contract by the US Army’s Robotic Systems Joint Program Office (RSJPO). The four year contract will replace an existing IDIQ contract which is due to complete.
The contract includes the PackBot FasTac and a $3 million order for spares. iRobot is scheduled to complete deliveries on the agreement by the end of Q4 2013.
PackBot is designed to allow military and public safety personnel to investigate dangerous objects and environments from a safe distance. The robot is used in a wide variety of operations, including neutralizing roadside bombs and other improvised explosive devices, screening vehicles, and searching buildings, bunkers, caves and tunnels.
Frank Wilson, senior vice president and general manager of iRobot’s Defense & Security business unit, said: ‘iRobot is proud to provide robotic capabilities that help our warfighters accomplish their mission. The army recognises the value of the PackBot FasTac robotic system on the battlefield, and we look forward to continuing our work with RSJPO to ensure the army is well equipped to maintain its fleet of PackBot FasTac robots in the years ahead.’
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