Posted by Courtney E. Howard
BEDFORD, Mass., 3 June 2011. iRobot Corp., a developer of robotic technology, won from the Naval Sea Systems Command (NAVSEA) a $14.1 million order, the first under a $230 million indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity (IDIQ) contract for 86 Man Transportable Robotic System (MTRS) MK 1 Mod 1 robots, spare parts, and accessories. The company anticipates completing delivery of these MTRS MK 1 Mod 1 robots, which are modeled after the iRobot 510 PackBot, by the end of the second quarter.
“iRobot has seen consistent growth in the use of unmanned ground vehicles since PackBot was first deployed on the battlefield almost 10 years ago,” says Robert Moses, president of iRobot’s Government and Industrial Robots division. “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.”
More than 4,000 of iRobot’s combat-proven unmanned ground vehicles have been delivered to military and civil defense forces worldwide, performing search, reconnaissance, bomb disposal, and other dangerous missions.