FLIR to deliver Centaur UGVs to US Army and Navy

10 June 2020 (Last Updated June 10th, 2020 12:53)

FLIR Systems has won two contracts to deliver Centaur unmanned ground vehicles (UGV) to the US army and navy.

FLIR to deliver Centaur UGVs to US Army and Navy
US Army and Navy to procure over 160 units of Centaur UGV. Credit: FLIR.

FLIR Systems has won two contracts to deliver Centaur unmanned ground vehicles (UGV) to the US army and navy.

More than 160 units of its UGV along with its associated spares and accessories are included in the contracts.

The company has secured the contracts, worth $23.5m, under the Army’s Man Transportable Robotic System Increment II (MTRS Inc II) programme.

Endeavor Robotics, a subsidiary of FLIR, was chosen in 2017 by the US Army as its medium-sized robot provider for MTRS Inc II.

FLIR is delivering the vehicle under a multi-year programme of record with a ceiling value of $150m, including options.

Since March, FLIR has won orders worth more than $65m for approximately 500 Centaur vehicles.

FLIR Unmanned Systems and Integrated Solutions business VP and general manager Roger Wells said: “With the navy joining the MTRS Inc II programme, it means that all US military forces will now use a common, medium-sized robotic platform for EOD and CBRN operations.

“In an era of increased joint service operations in combat zones worldwide, having common equipment across EOD units can support more standardised tactics and techniques, plus add new efficiencies in sustainment and training for years to come.

“Our team is incredibly proud to know all four branches of US’s armed services have chosen Centaur as their mid-sized EOD robot and, more importantly, that our technology is helping so many warfighters keep out of harm’s way.”

Delivery of the vehicles is expected to commence later this year.

Used by Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) teams, the UGVs are designed to perform hazardous tasks such as neutralising improvised explosive devices, unexploded ordnance and more.

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

The vehicle can be fitted with various sensors and payloads to meet the needs of diverse operations, including chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear (CBRN) missions.