By Cameron Chai
iRobot Corp has been given an order by the U.S.Navy worth $ 21 million for the delivery of more than 100 Man Transportable Robotic System (MTRS) MK 1 MOD 1 robots and spares kits. This is the fourth order which is part of a $230 million Indefinite Delivery/Indefinite Quantity (IDIQ) contract, bringing total orders under this contract to $36 million.
One of the most successful battle-tested robots in the world, the iRobot 510 PackBot performs bomb disposal and other dangerous missions for warfighters and first responders. (Image: iRobot)
Robert Moses, president of iRobot's Government and Industrial Robots division said that Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs) remain one of the biggest threats to our forces overseas. iRobot's unmanned ground vehicles save lives every day by providing our troops with the ability to identify and dispose of IEDs from a safe standoff distance.
He added that they were pleased that the Navy was continuing its investment in this technology. MTRS MK 1 MOD 1 is modeled after the iRobot 510 PackBot(R). These combat-proven robots perform bomb disposal and other dangerous missions while keeping war fighters out of harm's way.
iRobot designs and builds robots that are for home, government and industrial use. They have delivered more than 4,000 unmanned ground vehicles to military and civil defense forces worldwide. iRobot's consumer and military robots feature iRobot Aware(R) robot intelligence systems, proprietary technology incorporating advanced concepts in navigation, mobility, manipulation and artificial intelligence.