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iRobot Receives U.S. Military Orders Totaling $17.5 M

Category: Robots

iRobot PackBot robot

iRobot Corp. announced it has received two delivery orders totaling $17.5 million for iRobot PackBot robots for the U.S. military.

The U.S. Army Program Executive Office for Simulation, Training, and Instrumentation (PEO STRI), on behalf of the Robotic Systems Joint Project Office, and the Naval Sea Systems Command (NAVSEA) both placed orders for iRobot's combat-proven military robots. iRobot expects to complete delivery by the end of January 2008. The initial PEO STRI contract was awarded under the Naval Air Systems Command's (NAVAIR) contracting authority. PEO STRI has recently established its own contracting authority, and this contract was transitioned under that authority.

PEO STRI placed an order valued at more than $8.6 million for 14 iRobot PackBot robots with ICx Fido Kit and five iRobot PackBot EOD robots, plus spare parts. The PackBot robots will ship with iRobot's new game-style hand controllers for faster training and easier operation in the field. This order brings the total PEO STRI orders to date to approximately $36 million. Under the terms of the existing Indefinite-Delivery/Indefinite-Quantity (IDIQ) contract, PEO STRI could order up to the full $64.3 million value in robots, spare parts, training and repair services.

In addition, NAVSEA ordered 60 iRobot PackBot MTRS robots and spare parts valued at $8.9 million for Joint Service Explosive Ordnance Disposal use, bringing NAVSEA's total orders to date to more than $74 million. Under the terms of NAVSEA's previously existing IDIQ contract, the military could order up to the full $264 million value in robots, spare parts, training and repair services.

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