Endeavor Robotics to modernise US Army’s robot platforms fleet

1 February 2019 (Last Updated February 1st, 2019 12:34)

The US Army Contracting Command has awarded a contract to Endeavor Robotics to upgrade the service’s existing fleet of robot platforms.

Endeavor Robotics to modernise US Army’s robot platforms fleet
Endeavor Robotics is due to modernise the US Army’s robot platforms fleet. Credit: Unmanned Systems Technology.

The US Army Contracting Command has awarded a contract to Endeavor Robotics to upgrade the service’s existing fleet of robot platforms.

Under the potential $32.4m contract, the company will provide reset, sustainment, maintenance, as well as recap parts and services for its entire family of small, medium, and large ground robots.

The armed forces deploy these systems in support of a broad range of operations such as defeating tens of thousands of improvised explosive devices worldwide.

As part of the contract, the company will offer training for foreign military sales (FMS) personnel.

Endeavor Robotics president Tom Frost said: “We’re pleased to win this opportunity to help the army keep its UGV inventory at an optimum state of readiness.

“Upgrading robots with the latest technology will allow for more interoperability among systems, greater autonomy and control, and an enhanced operator experience for America’s soldiers who rely on our products to save lives.”

The firm-fixed-price, indefinite delivery / indefinite quantity (IDIQ) contract has a performance period of five years.

Work under the contract is estimated to be completed on 2 January 2024.

“Upgrading robots with the latest technology will allow for more interoperability among systems.”

The US military service branches have been using Endeavor robots since 2002.

Over the years, the US Army has acquired FirstLook, small unmanned ground vehicle (SUGV), PackBot, and Kobra robot systems from Endeavor.

The company is currently developing the next-generation medium-weight robot under the $158m US Army’s Man Transportable Robotic System Increment II programme contract awarded in 2017.

The robot will be designed to offer enhanced standoff capability to soldiers and safeguard them against several lethal threats.

In December, the company provided design details of its new Scorpion multi-mission, ‘back-packable’ unmanned ground vehicle (UGV).