The U.S. Army has placed a $6 million order with iRobot Corp.—a Bedford, Mass. company that produces robots for police and the military—for spare tactical robots that are to be used for reconnaissance, route clearance, hazardous materials detection and bomb disposal.
iRobot says it has received two orders from the U.S. Army’s Robotic Systems Joint Program Office for spares of its 510 PackBot, as well as for operator control units, manipulator arms and radios.
Modular, adaptable and expandable, 510 PackBot is a tactical mobile robot that keeps warfighters and first responders out of harm’s way, iRobot says. “Over the course of the past decade, PackBot has proven its worth as a life-saving tool in areas of conflict and for emergency response,” said Tim Trainer, iRobot’s Defense & Security business unit’s interim general manager. The robots represent a safer, more effective and more efficient way to conduct dangerous operations both on and off the battlefield, he said.