Army orders throwable recon robots

Feb. 16, 2012 at 8:37 AM
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EDINA, Minn., Feb. 16 (UPI) -- The U.S. Army has ordered more than 1,000 micro-robot kits for reconnaissance in high-risk situations.

ReconRobotics Inc. said the $13.9 million contract it received for the Recon Scout XT micro-robot came from the U.S. Army Contracting Command on behalf of the service's Rapid Equipping Force.

"We are honored that the U.S. Army has once again chosen our Recon Scout XT system for their dismounted troops," said Ernest Langdon, director of Military Programs for ReconRobotics.

"Although these 1.2-pound robots are exceptionally small, they will play a big role in providing our warfighters with increased situational awareness and standoff distance as they conduct operations in active combat theaters."

The Recon Scout is a miniature system that provides real-time video reconnaissance. It has an indoor range of 100 feet and an outdoor range of 399 feet. It's about 7.8 inches long and has a wheel diameter of 3 inches. It is made from aircraft aluminum and titanium and has shock-absorbing capability, allowing it to be tossed into an area that needs to be checked.

ReconRobotics said U.S. military orders for 1,800 Recon Scout XT kits have been received over the past six months.

The new order is for 1,100 units. In addition, the company announced accessory orders totaling nearly $1 million from the Rapid Equipping Force.

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