The U.S. Navy has awarded iRobot Corp., a developer of robotic technology-based solutions, a $14.1 million contract for 86 robotic systems.
The contract is for 86 Man Transportable Robotic System (MTRS) MK 1 Mod 1 robots, spare parts and accessories. The MTRS MK 1 Mod 1 is modeled after the iRobot 510 PackBot, the company says.
The contract for the MTRS MK 1 is a “first order,” according to iRobot. The company “has seen consistent growth in the use of unmanned ground vehicles since PackBot was first deployed on the battlefield almost 10 years ago,” said Robert Moses, president of iRobot’s government and industrial robots division. “PackBot continues to keep our troops safer on the battlefield, and we are pleased that the Navy will be providing more of these robots to our troops.”
More than 4,000 robots have been delivered to military and civil defense forces worldwide, successfully performing search, reconnaissance, bomb disposal and other dangerous missions, according to iRobot. The company says its “combat-proven unmanned ground vehicles protect those in harm’s way.”