Boeing Co and iRobot have signed an indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity agreement with the U.S. Air Force for providing the 70 model 310 SUGV robots to the Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) network. These robots are small unmanned ground vehicles. The term of the contract is around two years and its initial worth is $3.84 million.
Bob DaLee, Robotics Program Manager, Boeing Network & Tactical Systems expressed his pleasure over widening their client base to the U.S Air Force and offering this significant technology to the defense personnel. He added that the 310 SUGV robots will help the Air Force during critical situations in battle zones.
The development of SUGV group of robots by Boeing and iRobot was instigated in 2007 and it offers instantaneous updates of dangerous situations to the troops and helps them to accomplish missions by maintaining a safe face-off distance.
Boeing serves as a major contractor and offers program management, quality-assurance support and contracts from its offices located in Ala and Huntsville. iRobot offers various services pertaining to production, logistics and engineering and the majority of the tasks are performed in Bedford, Mass.