BURLINGTON, Mass., 29 March 2006. iRobot Corp. has received a new contract delivery order from the U.S. Navy to build additional bomb disposal robots, slated for shipment to the U.S. forces. According to the agreement, iRobot will deliver 213 iRobot PackBot Man Transportable Robotic Systems (MTRS), as well as spare parts with which to repair robots in the field.
This new $26 million contract marks the third round of funding by the Naval Sea Systems Command (NAVSEA), bringing the total value of the orders placed to date to more than $43 million.
The PackBot MTRS robots are customized for NAVSEA and are based on iRobot's PackBot Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) robots. PackBot MTRS robots are equipped with tools and sensors that enable EOD technicians to identify and disrupt bombs from a safe distance.