FLIR to deliver 250 Centaur UGVs to US army, airforce and navy

17 November 2020 (Last Updated November 17th, 2020 11:56)

FLIR Systems has received a combined order worth $32m for the delivery of 250 Centaur unmanned ground vehicles (UGV).

FLIR to deliver 250 Centaur UGVs to US army, airforce and navy
The US’ army, airforce and navy are set to procure 250 units of Centaur UGV. Credit: FLIR.

FLIR Systems has received a combined order worth $32m for the delivery of 250 Centaur unmanned ground vehicles (UGV).

The order was placed by the US army, airforce and navy.

The award was sourced via the Man Transportable Robotic System Increment II (MTRS Inc II) programme of the US Army.

In the last 12 months, FLIR secured orders worth $97m for the delivery of over 750 Centaur UGVs from the US Army, airforce, navy and marine corps.

FLIR Centaur will be used by the Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) teams across different services to aid in disarming improvised explosive devices.

Different sensors and payloads can be attached to the robot to deal with different missions such as chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear (CBRN) threats.

Centaur is a 160lb medium-sized UGV with an open architecture, EO/IR camera suite, a manipulator arm and is capable of climbing stairs.

FLIR Unmanned and Integrated Solutions business VP and general manager for unmanned ground systems Tom Frost said: “We are tremendously honoured that EOD teams across America’s military are relying on our Centaur robot to help them perform dangerous missions with greater stand-off capability.

“From enabling easy software updates to enhanced electro-optical infrared cameras, controllers, and communication systems, the Centaur can be a game-changer for troops on the battlefield.

“Sharing common technology across EOD units also creates efficiencies for joint service operations, training and sustainment.”

Delivery of the vehicles is expected to commence in the first quarter of next year.

In June, FLIR Systems won two contracts to deliver Centaur UGVs to the US Army and US Navy.