FLIR wins contract increase to support US Army robot programmes

27 January 2021 (Last Updated January 27th, 2021 10:31)

FLIR Systems has secured an additional contract from the US Army to continue providing sustainment support for Man Transportable Robotic System Increment II (MTRS Inc II) and Common Robotic System-Heavy (CRS-H) ground robot programmes.

FLIR wins contract increase to support US Army robot programmes
The FLIR Centaur robot for MTRS Inc II. Credit: Business Wire / © FLIR Systems, Inc.

FLIR Systems has secured an additional contract from the US Army to continue providing sustainment support for Man Transportable Robotic System Increment II (MTRS Inc II) and Common Robotic System-Heavy (CRS-H) ground robot programmes.

The latest $30.1m order raises the maximum value on the company’s existing indefinite-delivery, indefinite-quantity (IDIQ) contract to $88m.

Contract work includes maintenance, parts and overall sustainment support of the FLIR unmanned ground systems used by the US Army.

FLIR Unmanned and Integrated Solutions business’ Unmanned Ground Systems vice-president Tom Frost said: “We’re proud to be supporting the US Army on two vital programmes of record designed to confront a new generation of threats on the battlefield.

“From the Kobra and Centaur platforms to our smaller PackBot and FirstLook robots, we are well-positioned to provide high-quality, cost-effective sustainment efforts over these systems’ lifespan and deliver lifesaving robotic technology to America’s warfighters.”

Founded in 1978, FLIR Systems focuses on delivering intelligent sensing solutions for defence and industrial applications.

Earlier this month, Teledyne Technologies Incorporated agreed to acquire FLIR Systems in a cash and stock transaction valued at nearly $8bn.

The US Army selected the FLIR Kobra robot as its CRS-H platform and started fielding the units in November.

Explosive ordnance disposal (EOD) teams use CRS-H for disarming vehicle-borne improvised explosive devices and other heavy-duty jobs.

In 2017, the US Army picked the medium-sized Centaur robot as its MTRS Inc II solution for bomb disposal and other missions.

Subsequently, in the last year, FLIR secured multiple contracts with a combined value of around $100m to deliver more than 750 Centaur unmanned ground systems from the army, airforce, navy and marine corps.