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iRobot gets $10M contract from Army

by Matt Cox on October 17, 2012

The U.S. Army recently awarded a $10 million contract to iRobot Corp to help keep its tiny, bomb-disposal robots running on the battlefield.

The Army’s Robotic Systems Joint Program Office awarded the Oct. 15 indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract for maintenance training and spare parts for the iRobot 310 SUVG, a man-portable robot designed to enter areas that are inaccessible or too dangerous for people, providing state-of-the-art technology for infantry troops, combat engineers and explosive ordnance technicians.

An initial $2 million order under the contract for spares has also been placed. Deliveries are scheduled to be completed this fall.

In addition, iRobot has received a $3.7 million order for heads-down controllers. The handheld controller includes a 5.6” LCD display screen that is sunlight readable.

“We are delivering the heads-down controller in response to specific requests from the field,” said Frank Wilson, senior vice president and general manager of iRobot’s Defense & Security business unit, a recent press release. “This easy to use controller provides the operator with a high degree of situational awareness while conducting dangerous missions.”

iRobot Corp. has delivered more than 5,000 robots to military and civil defense forces, iRobot officials maintain.

“iRobot is pleased to continue its partnership with the Army to provide world-class robotic capabilities that help keep our warfighters out of harm’s way,” Wilson.

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dddddd October 17, 2012 at 6:31 pm

What happened to the days of just jumping up and down on suspected bombs?

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Gunslinger6 October 17, 2012 at 7:05 pm

ROFLMAO!!!!!!

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lowgrunt October 17, 2012 at 8:48 pm

Man portable usually means damn uncomfortable.

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Guest October 21, 2012 at 11:19 pm

Almost as uncomfortable as being blown up by a bomb?

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FRIZ October 19, 2012 at 5:53 pm

Too bad whoever put this article together couldn't get the picture right; the robot shown is far superior to the iRobot, Packbot 310 SUGV; that being said though it's also not even in the man-portable SUGV Class. It's a Chaos High Mobility robot from Autonmous Solution Inc. Logan, Ut. Though both companies make quality products, I don't think either would appreciate the mix up.

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Willie December 16, 2012 at 12:28 pm

So why does it have an iRobot logo on the grabbers?

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saglik May 10, 2013 at 4:01 am

These robots dont seem so advanced to me. By the look of it, I wonder how it can climb stairs or pass obstacles. If it cannot, it is not more than a toy car with a cam and mechanical arm attached to it.

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