The US Army has awarded a contract to QinetiQ North America to support its tactical adaptable light ordnance neutralisation (TALON) family of robotic systems.

Under the $90m contract, the company will support the overall sustainment actions ongoing maintenance, upgrades and servicing of the US Army’s existing fielded fleet of the robots.

The indefinite-delivery indefinite-quantity contract has a performance period that is valid until 16 December 2023.

The US Army Contracting Command Warren located at Detroit Arsenal (ACC-Warren) awarded the contract on behalf of PM Force Projection’s Robotic Logistics Support Center (RLSC).

QinetiQ North America president and CEO Jeff Yorsz said: “We are proud that TALON continues to be recognised as a robot that is vital to the US military for EOD and counter-IED missions because of its combat-proven ruggedness, ease of use, advanced flexible architecture and reliability.

“The US and its allies have deployed more than 4,000 TALON robots to perform several missions and assist defence personnel across the globe.”

“Helping to keep US soldiers and marines safe is what drives us and we continue to maintain and improve the TALON product line in support of that goal.”

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The company will manufacture parts in Franklin, Massachusetts, US.

RLSC is responsible for the provision of fielded robotics hardware across the operational spectrum.

The US and its allies have deployed more than 4,000 TALON robots to perform several missions and assist defence personnel across the globe.

The robots are designed to detect and disable roadside bombs or improvised explosive devices (IEDs) planted by enemies to target troops.

So far, more than 80,000 counter-IED missions have been supported by TALON robots.