The US Marine Corps Systems Command has awarded a contract to robotic technology-based solutions provider iRobot to deliver 75 small unmanned ground vehicles (SUGV).
The man-portable robot, SUGV, features dexterous manipulation for dismounted mobile operations.
According to iRobot, the new SUGV is a smaller and lighter version of iRobot PackBot, capable of entering areas that are inaccessible or too dangerous for people.
It offers situational awareness for infantry troops, combat engineers, EOD technicians, and other personnel.
iRobot’s Defense & Security business unit senior vice-president and general manager Tom Frost said:"As threats persist globally, iRobot is proud to continue partnering with our defence forces to provide this life-saving technology.
"Rugged, lightweight robots like SUGV enable a safer and more effective way to conduct a variety of dangerous missions."
The system offers non-destructive inspection and detection of explosive / bomb materials inside luggage, suspicious packages, improvised explosive devices (IED), and other containment devices.
In addition, the SUGV features high-resolution colour camera systems with low-light or thermal vision, and supports a variety of explosive detection sensors that enable real-time detection of trace explosives from down-range.
Deliveries under this contract are expected to be completed by the second quarter of next year.
To date, iRobot has delivered more than 5,000 defence and security robots to military and civil defence forces worldwide.
In October last year, iRobot secured a $7.6m order from the US Navy’s Naval Surface Warfare Center, Indian Head Explosive Ordnance Disposal Technology Division for the upgrades and spares for 46 man-transportable robotic system (MTRS) robots.
Image: iRobot’s SUGV situational awareness in areas those are inaccessible or too dangerous for people. Photo: courtesy of iRobot Corporation.