iRobot Corporation will supply the US Army with 50 of its 310 SUGV (small unmanned ground vehicle) tactical mobile robots and spare parts.

The 35lb 310 SUGV robotic system is used on the battlefield mainly by explosive ordnance disposal teams and is suitable for dismounted mobile operations where it is used to keep soldiers out of critical situations.

The robots to be received under the current contract will also be used by combat engineers and marines to enhance situational awareness in dangerous situations.

iRobot’s government and industrial robots division president, Robert Moses, said that the 310 SUGV robot has proven its worth as a man-portable, rugged and easy-to-use robot.

“As a result of ongoing positive user feedback and its success on the battlefield, 310 SUGV will now be used to perform an even wider variety of missions,” he added.

The $7.6m contract has been awarded by the US Army Contracting Command-Warren, Michigan, US, under a new indefinite-delivery, indefinite-quantity contract.