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iRobot Awarded $13.5 Million NAVSEA Contract
Date: Aug 10, 2009
Author: Robotics Trends Staff
Source: Robotics Trends ( click here to go to the source)

Featured firm in this article: iRobot Corporation of Bedford, MA

BEDFORD, Mass., August 10, 2009 -- iRobot Corp. (NASDAQ: IRBT) today announced it has been awarded a $13.5 million Indefinite-Delivery/Indefinite-Quantity (IDIQ) contract from the Naval Sea Systems Command (NAVSEA) in Indian Head, Md.

Under the terms of the contract, any service could order up to the full $13.5 million value in PackBot MTRS (Man Transportable Robotic System) robots, spare parts, accessories, engineering enhancements, configuration management, training and repair services. All work under the contract is set to be completed by July 2010.

The PackBot MTRS robot gives Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) technicians the ability to detect, identify and disable explosive devices from safe distances. It is customized for NAVSEA and is modeled after the battle-tested iRobot PackBot 500 with EOD Kit.

"I am pleased that NAVSEA is continuing to invest heavily in robotic technology," said Joe Dyer, president of iRobot Government and Industrial Robots. "Improvised explosive devices remain one of the biggest threats to our troops overseas. NAVSEA, and the military as a whole, is keenly aware of the role robots are playing to minimize the damage caused by these devices. Robots like the PackBot MTRS are keeping our sons and daughters safer as they fight to protect those of us back home. Simply put, these robots are saving lives."

iRobot has delivered more than 2,500 PackBot robots that make a difference every day by conducting dangerous missions that keep warfighters out of harm's way.