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U.S. Navy orders robots

June 3, 2011 at 10:03 AM

BEDFORD, Mass., June 3 (UPI) -- The U.S. Navy has given iRobot Corp. its first order for robots, spares and accessories under a $230 million indefinite-delivery/indefinite quantity contract.

The order from the Naval Sea Systems Command for 86 Man Transportable Robotic System MK 1 Mod 1 robots is worth $14.1 million.

The MTRS MK 1 Mod 1 is modeled after the iRobot 510 PackBot. The company expects to complete delivery of the robots by the end of the second quarter.

Robert Moses, president of iRobot's Government and Industrial Robots division, said: "iRobot has seen consistent growth in the use of unmanned ground vehicles since PackBot was first deployed on the battlefield almost 10 years ago. PackBot continues to keep our troops safer on the battlefield and we are pleased that the Navy will be providing more of these robots to our troops."

The company said more than 4,000 of its robots have been delivered to military and civil defense forces worldwide, successfully performing search, reconnaissance, bomb disposal and other dangerous missions.

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