BURLINGTON, Mass., 3 April 2007. iRobot Corp. has received a delivery order from the U.S. Navy to build additional bomb-disposal robots for shipment to the U.S. forces overseas. This latest award of $14 million from the Naval Sea Systems Command (NAVSEA) brings the total value of the orders placed to date to $66 million. Under the terms of the contract order, iRobot will deliver an additional 101 iRobot PackBot Man Transportable Robotic System (MTRS) robots, plus spare parts to repair robots in the field.
iRobot shipped the initial lot of PackBot robots for this order in late March 2007, and the company expects to deliver the remaining robots pursuant to this delivery order before Dec. 31, 2007.
Under the terms of the previously existing indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity (IDIQ) contract, the military could order up to the full $264 million value in robots, spare parts, training, and repair services. The U.S. military's MTRS program has requirements for up to 1,200 robots through 2012.
"NAVSEA has been visionary in its advocacy for robots as valuable, life-saving tools that help keep U.S. troops out of harm's way," says Vice Admiral Joe Dyer (U.S. Navy, Ret.), president of iRobot Government & Industrial Robots. "As the threat of improvised explosive devices (IEDs) continues to grow, iRobot is committed to delivering these PackBot MTRS robots quickly so they can be deployed to our warfighters overseas."