Teledyne FLIR Defense has secured orders to deliver approximately 500 additional Centaur uncrewed ground systems for the US Armed Services.

The contract is valued at $62.1m and takes the original Man Transportable Robot System Increment II (MTRS Inc II) contract value to over $250m, up from approximately $190m.

The additional systems, along with spares, antennas, and payload mounting kits, are for the US Army, Navy, and other command centres.

Teledyne FLIR Defense Unmanned Ground Systems general manager Tom Frost said, “Centaur also can be used effectively for UXO clearance in hotspots such as Ukraine, and with global security threats on the rise, allied nations can leverage this multi-purpose robot to support a wide array of manned/unmanned operations.”

Deliveries are scheduled to begin in the first quarter of next year.

A medium-sized uncrewed ground vehicle (UGV), Centaur provides a standoff capability to detect and dispose of explosives.

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The Interoperability Protocol-compliant robot weighs over 160lb. Its advanced features include an EO/IR camera suite, manipulator arm, and the ability to climb stairs.

The US Army selected Centaur as its MTRS Inc II solution as part of a multi-year programme of record in 2017.

Since 2020, Teledyne FLIR has received orders from the Army, Navy, Air Force, and Marine Corps to procure over 1,800 multi-mission robots.

Centaur is being deployed by the US military wings to support their Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) teams. 

The ground robots help the EOD teams disable unexploded ordnance (UXO), improvised explosive devices, and landmines, among other risky tasks.

A variety of mission-specific sensors and payloads can be attached to the robot to deal with chemical, biological, radiological, and nuclear threats.

Teledyne FLIR Defense recently unveiled the upgraded version of the PackBot 525 portable UGV and the Kobra 725 heavy payload UGV.

In June this year, Teledyne FLIR Defense announced the delivery of 127 PackBot 525 UGVs to the German Army to support its future security efforts.