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QinetiQ North America Announces New Orders for TALON Robots and Spares Totaling $58.5 Million

2nd December 2008 - 04:53 GMT | by The Shephard News Team

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QinetiQ North America, a global developer of innovative technology solutions for national defense, today announced that the Foster-Miller subsidiary of its Technology Solutions Group has been awarded a total of $58.5 million in funding for additional TALON(R) robots and replacement parts. The total represents awards from the U.S. Army and Navy made during the six-month period since a new $400 million IDIQ (indefinite delivery, indefinite quantity) was announced last May.

The new delivery orders include $48 million against the $400 million IDIQ awarded by the Robotic Systems Joint Program Office (RSJPO) administered by the Program Executive Office - Simulation, Training and Instrumentation (PEO-STRI) and $10.5 million against the $295 million IDIQ awarded by the Navy's Explosive Ordnance Disposal Technology Division (NAVEODTECHDIV).

More than 2,400 TALON robots are now deployed around the world, with a significant number of them in Iraq and Afghanistan. They are used primarily to assist military personnel with the extremely dangerous job of detecting and disabling roadside bombs - the Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs) planted by hostile forces to attack troops. TALON robots have been used in more than 100,000 counter-IED missions to date, saving countless lives in the process.

"TALON continues to play a vital role in the defeat of roadside bombs and IEDs in Iraq and Afghanistan," said Dr. William Ribich, President of the Technology Solutions Group. "In addition, our soldiers and marines are constantly exploring new ways to deploy the robots and maintain their own safe standoff distances in all types of challenging situations. We're pleased that the partnership of soldier and TALON is proving to be so durable and successful."

About QinetiQ North America

QinetiQ North America delivers world-class technology and responsive solutions to government agencies and commercial customers for many of their most urgent and complex challenges. QinetiQ North America is an independent, innovative technology provider that earns over a billion dollars in revenue operating with small company speed and agility while leveraging significant global resources. More than 6,000 QinetiQ North America engineers, scientists and other professionals have the mission knowledge and proven, reliable performance to meet the rapidly changing demands of national defense, homeland security and information assurance customers. For more information, please visit www.QinetiQ-NA.com.

About QinetiQ North America Technology Solutions Group

QinetiQ North America's Technology Solutions Group, headquartered in Waltham, MA, includes the businesses of Foster-Miller, Inc., and its subsidiaries Planning Systems Incorporated, Automatika, Applied Perception, Spectro, Inc., and the research and development activities of Apogen Technologies, Inc. It is a technology and product development group with an international reputation for delivering innovative products and systems that perform under the most demanding conditions.

 

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