Teledyne FLIR Defense is delivering 127 PackBot 525 unmanned ground vehicles (UGVs) to the German Army (Deutsches Heer).

At Eurosatory 2020, the company revealed that the deliveries will conclude in July.

The European Logistic Partners (ELP) of Germany, a partner of Teledyne FLIR, has facilitated the contract award and deliveries.

ELP managing director Simon Weiss said: “These ground robots are vital to future security efforts within and outside of Germany.”

PackBot is Teledyne FLIR’s field-tested, counter-improvised explosive device (IED) robot. It has been serving various defence forces since 2001.

From bomb disposal and surveillance, to working in hazardous situations, the 27kg PackBot performs several tasks and was deployed in combat zones across Afghanistan and Iraq.

In addition, the UGVs keep users safe while operating in tough terrains.

PackBot 525 is the latest in the company’s advanced ground robot series.

The system’s upgraded features include HD cameras, optional in-situ charging, and a laser range finder, along with attachment points for add-ons. In addition, PackBot 525 has the capacity to lift up to 20kg.

The PackBot also helps detect radiation levels, explosives, and chemical, biological and nerve agents.

Teledyne FLIR Defense Unmanned and Integrated Solutions vice-president and general manager Dr David Cullin said: “This new delivery of unmanned assets will give Germany’s soldiers more than a hundred versatile UGVs, with upgraded features and technology to keep them from harm during dangerous missions.

“PackBot is the world’s most trusted counter-IED robot, and this latest shipment adds to the German Army’s inventory of Teledyne FLIR unmanned ground vehicles.”

In May this year, Teledyne FLIR Defense secured a $14m contract to deliver additional Black Hornet 3 personal reconnaissance systems (PRS) to the US Army.