EDINA, Minn., Jan. 1 (UPI) -- ReconRobotics Inc., a U.S. manufacturer of tactical micro-robots, reports it is closing the calendar year with strong sales of systems abroad.
The sales of ReconRobotics' micro-robots to military and police customers in Norway, the Netherlands, Switzerland, Austria, Germany, Hungary and France -- plus an unidentified country in the Middle East -- were spearheaded by the company's international office, RRI Global, in Switzerland.
"Our robot sales were up more than 50 percent in 2012, and it is our international team that has led the way in the last quarter," said Alan Bignall, president and chief executive officer of ReconRobotics. "Military and counter-terror teams around the world are recognizing that the unique reconnaissance capabilities of our Throwbot XT give them a big tactical advantage during high-risk operations and this is driving sales at a fast clip.
"We expect this trend to continue in 2013."
ReconRobotics produces the Recon Scout and Throwbot systems, which can be used for reconnoitering enclosed spaces, identifying improvised explosive devices and ascertaining the location of people.
The Throwbot XT weighs 1.2 pounds and can be tossed up to 120 feet.