The UK Ministry of Defence (MoD) has contracted Northrop Grumman to continue providing in-service support for the Cutlass explosive ordnance disposal (EOD) remotely controlled vehicle used by the British Armed Forces.
Under the contract, the company will provide lifecycle support for Cutlass EOD unmanned ground systems over the next two years.
Northrop Grumman Europe chief executive Andrew Tyler said: “Our Cutlass vehicle has set new standards for unmanned ground vehicles since it was first introduced, significantly enhancing the ability of users to handle hazardous threats safely.
“The vehicle is in-service across the UK and has proven itself to be robust and capable in the most demanding environments.
“This contract will enable us to ensure that the Cutlass continues to deliver state-of-the-art EOD capabilities for the armed forces.”
Work under the contract will be carried out at the company’s Coventry facility.
The Cutlass is equipped with a variety of technologies, such as a three-fingered gripper, to support national security and resilience applications in the UK.
Using Cutlass, soldiers will be able to detect and dispose of explosive ordnance from a safe distance.
The vehicle’s design can accommodate a wide range of payloads, sensors and tools, according to Northrop.
In addition, Cutlass’ specialised sensing system is claimed to provide control and dexterity to minimise damage to property and preserve forensic evidence.
Northrop Grumman produces a range of unmanned ground vehicles, including the Wheelbarrow bomb disposal robot.
More than 2,300 Northrop’s unmanned vehicles are currently in service worldwide.