iRobot receives US Army awards
iRobot has announced that it has received two orders from the US Army’s Robotic Systems Joint Program Office (RSJPO) for the delivery of spares for iRobot 510 PackBot robots, including operator control units, manipulator arms and radios. The company announced the awards, totalling $6 million, 29 May, 2012.
The 510 PackBot is a tactical mobile robot that keeps warfighters and first responders out of harm’s way. The robot is designed for a variety of missions, including reconnaissance, route clearance, hazardous materials detection and bomb disposal.
A company spokesperson commented on the award, saying, ‘These robots represent a safer, more effective and more efficient way to conduct dangerous operations both on and off the battlefield. We believe that this technology is an important piece of the military’s future and are pleased that the Army continues to invest in its current fleet of robots.’
According to the company, all deliveries will be completed by 30 November, 2012.
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