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USMC orders 75 SUGV robots

4th August 2015 - 13:30 GMT | by The Shephard News Team

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iRobot has been awarded a contract to deliver 75 Small Unmanned Ground Vehicle (SUGV) systems to the US Marine Corps (USMC), the company announced on 3 August.

Deliveries under the $9.8 million order will be completed by the second quarter of 2016.

The man-portable SUGV with dexterous manipulator is designed for dismounted mobile operations. It is a lighter and smaller version of the iRobot PackBot system and is used for entering areas deemed too dangerous or inaccessible for troops. It provides situational awareness for EOD technicians, combat engineers, infantry troops and other in-field military personnel.

Tom Frost, senior vice president and general manager of defense and security business unit, iRobot, said: 'As threats persist globally, iRobot is proud to continue partnering with our defence forces to provide this life-saving technology.

'Rugged, lightweight robots like SUGV enable a safer and more effective way to conduct a variety of dangerous missions.'

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