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iRobot Announces $16.8 Million Order from the U.S. Army

Category: Robots

BEDFORD, Mass., -– iRobot Corp. announced that it has received an order totaling $16.8 million from the U.S. Army Program Executive Office for Simulation, Training, and Instrumentation (PEO STRI).

This order marks the first purchase of iRobot’s advanced PackBot 510 series under an existing $200 million Indefinite Delivery/Indefinite Quantity (IDIQ) contract. The PackBot 510 series provides the Army with advanced robotic capabilities that surpass those of the battle-tested PackBot 500.

This is the sixth order under the IDIQ contract. The current total contract value now stands at approximately $22 million. This order includes the delivery of 125 PackBot 510 with EOD Kit robots.

The PackBot 510 with EOD Kit has advanced vision and surveillance capabilities. It easily adapts to different Improvised Explosive Device (IED) missions including check points, inspections, and route clearance. The robot provides soldiers with a tool to identify and dispose of IEDs, roadside bombs, and other unexploded ordnance while keeping them at safe distances. Additionally, the PackBot 510 provides improved lift and manipulation capabilities, greater speed, military-standard batteries, a hardened laptop with game-style hand controller, and a variety of other upgrades that enhance its mission effectiveness.

“The PackBot 510 provides a new level of capability and modularity in support of the warfighter,” said Joe Dyer, president of iRobot Government and Industrial Robots. “These robots are battle-tested and are saving lives by giving our troops separation from many of the dangers found on the battlefield. The PackBot 510 builds on the tradition of the PackBot 500.”

iRobot has delivered more than 2,400 PackBot robots that make a difference every day by conducting dangerous missions that keep warfighters out of harm’s way.

About iRobot Corp.

iRobot designs and builds robots that make a difference. The company’s home robots help people with smarter ways to clean, and its government and industrial robots protect those in harm’s way. iRobot’s consumer and military robots feature iRobot AWARE™ robot intelligence systems, proprietary technology incorporating advanced concepts in navigation, mobility, manipulation and artificial intelligence. For more information about iRobot, please visit www.irobot.com.

iRobot
07.05.2009

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