iRobot receives $10M support award

Oct. 16, 2012 at 11:48 AM
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BEDFORD, Mass., Oct. 16 (UPI) -- A $10 million indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract was given by the U.S. Army to iRobot Corp. for maintenance training and spares for its 310 SUGV.

The 310 small unmanned ground vehicle is a man-portable robot for dismounted mobile operations, including explosive ordnance disposal.

IRobot said the contract received from the U.S. Army's Robotic Systems Joint Program Office includes an initial $2 million order for spares to be delivered in the first quarter of next year.

"iRobot is pleased to continue its partnership with the Army to provide world-class robotic capabilities that help keep our warfighters out of harm's way," said Frank Wilson, senior vice president and general manager of iRobot's Defense & Security business unit.

The company said it also received a separate $3.7 million order from the RSJPO for heads-down SUGV controllers. The handheld controller includes a 5.6" LCD display screen that is sunlight readable.

The controllers will be delivered by the end of this year.

"We are delivering the heads-down controller in response to specific requests from the field," Wilson said. "This easy-to-use controller provides the operator with a high degree of situational awareness while conducting dangerous missions."

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