robot US Navy inks $7.7 million deal for robot technology

The US Navy has partnered with iRobot to deliver robotic technologies to sea warfare in a deal worth $7.7 million.

The US Navy has partnered with iRobot to deliver robotic technologies to sea warfare in a deal worth $7.7 million.

 
The money will secure the Navy Sea Systems Command upgrades to the iRobot Aware 2 software and advanced sensor suites for 248 fielded Man Transportable Robotic System MK 1 MOD 1 robots, which are modelled after the iRobot 510 PackBot.
 
The sesors include the iRobot Wide-Angle Robot Vehicle Vision System camera, thermal camera and User Assist Package, giving more situational awareness via increased fields of view and imaging in low light conditions. The User Assist Package also improves the operator control unit, adds GPS mapping and several critical semi-autonomous features, such as self-righting, retro-traverse and heading hold, which can result in a faster, more successful use of robots.
 
robot US Navy inks $7.7 million deal for robot technology
 
“iRobot is pleased the Navy is continuing to invest in its current fleet of robots. These upgrades will provide our troops with some of the most advanced, life-saving robotic technologies available today,” said Tim Trainer, interim general manager of the Defense & Security unit at iRobot. “iRobot’s UAP improves mission effectiveness while reducing workload and further minimizing operator exposure to dangerous environments.”
 
Robots are used throughout the world by military and civil defence forces, for a variety of missions, including search, reconnaissance and bomb disposal. iRobot has delivered over 4,500 robots as part of military contracts to date.
 
The robots and upgrades are expected to be delivered by November.