Military robots to be delivered to U.S. Army by iRobot in $35.3 million contract

BEDFORD, Mass., 2 Sept. 2009. U.S. Army leaders needed military robots for unmanned ground vehicle applications. They found their solution from iRobot in Bedford, Mass.

Sep 2nd, 2009

BEDFORD, Mass., 2 Sept. 2009. U.S. Army leaders needed military robots for unmanned ground vehicle applications. They found their solution from iRobot in Bedford, Mass.

The U.S. Army TACOM Contracting Center in Warren, Mich. awarded iRobot a $35.3 million order for 486 iRobot PackBot 510 unmanned vehicles
with FasTac Kit robots, to be delivered by this spring. This unmanned ground vehicles order falls under the $286 million Indefinite Delivery/Indefinite Quantity (IDIQ) xBot contract.

The PackBot 510 unmanned vehicle with FasTac Kit provides warfighters with the ability to see and assess dangerous areas from safe standoff distances and to clear routes while on the move. The military robot is controlled through a rugged laptop with game-style controller, operates at speeds as fast as 5.8 miles per hour and provides as much as four hours of mission run time.

"This order is truly a significant milestone for iRobot," says Joe Dyer, president of iRobot Government and Industrial Robots. "Not only is it the single largest order we have ever received from the military, but it also proves that there is strong and continuing support for our PackBot FasTac platform that was introduced just last year.

For more information contact iRobot online at www.irobot.com.

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