iRobot’s Defense & Security business unit has secured a series of contracts to supply robotic systems to undisclosed US and international customers.
Valued at a combined $7.2m, the contracts cover the delivery of new robots including the compact and expandable 110 First Look, the man-portable 310 SUGV, the multi-mission 510 PackBot and the heavy duty 710 Kobra systems. It also includes the supply of spare parts and associated equipment.
iRobot Defense & Security business unit senior vice-president and general manager Tom Frost said: "As threats persist globally, iRobot’s roster of defence and security clients continues to expand at home and abroad.
"Our customers’ missions are critical to making the world a safer place.
"We take pride in providing our customers with a whole family of robot solutions, from five-pound robots to 500lb robots. Our systems are reliable, field-proven and get the job done."
Weighing less than 5lb, the 110 FirstLook is a small robot that provides dismounted troops with rapid situational awareness by relaying videos from confined spaces, tunnels and other potentially dangerous locations.
The robot is suited for a wide range of infantry and special operations missions, including building raids and other close-in scenarios.
The 310 SUGV is a rugged, man-portable system designed to conduct dismounted mobile operations, including surveillance / reconnaissance, bomb disposal, explosive ordnance disposal and route clearance missions in all weather conditions.
Weighing around 24lb, the 510 PackBot is a modular robot and assist soldiers and first responders in conducting bomb disposal and improvised explosives device neutralisation, as well as surveillance / reconnaissance missions from stand-off distances.
The 710 Kobra is a rugged, fast robot that supports or carries multiple and heavy payloads, and can be deployed for explosive detection, check point / vehicle inspections, EOD) / bomb disposal and persistent observation.
Image: The 110 First Look robot provides immediate situational awareness and also performs persistent observation. Photo: © 2015 iRobot Corporation.