L3Harris Technologies has received a contract modification from the UK Ministry of Defence (MoD) to provide T7 robotic systems to support explosive ordnance disposal (EOD) missions in the country.
The MoD has exercised a $46m contract option under a $70m contract awarded to L3Harris in 2017 for T7 robotic systems for the British Army’s overseas EOD missions.
The L3Harris T7 robotic system is expected to provide advanced EOD capabilities to the UK security forces.
Equipped with a user-friendly interface, the robot provides operators with ‘human-like dexterity and haptic force feedback from the robot arm to the remote-control handgrip’.
The T7 robot reduces task completion time and improves mission effectiveness.
Improved mobility and manoeuvrability provided by the robot’s rugged track system make it suitable for rough terrain.
Additionally, the system can be used to support multiple missions, including disabling and defeating improvised explosive devices (IEDs) planted in vehicles.
L3Harris Space and Airborne Systems president Ed Zoiss said: “This award will bring life-saving technology to UK Armed Forces and reaffirms the importance of highly reliable, precise and easy-to-use robotic systems for EOD operators.
“The exercising of this contract option reaffirms that Project STARTER programme execution has gone exceptionally well and performance of the T7 systems to date are exceeding the customer’s expectations.”
The systems will support the MoD’s Project STARTER that is designed to procure a new EOD remote-controlled vehicle (RCV).
L3Harris T7 will be deployed to defeat explosive threats within the UK, including IEDs and unexploded ordnances (UXO).
In addition, it will support requirements of domestic missions, including HAZMAT cleanup, EOD, intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR) and special weapons and tactics missions.
The company produces the systems at its Palm Bay, Florida, factory. A repair depot has been established in Brighton, UK.
In March last year, Harris selected Silvus Technologies to provide StreamCaster SC4200 radios to support Project STARTER.
L3Harris was created earlier this year following the completion of the merger of L3 Technologies and Harris.