You know what the Army’s Future Combat Systems needs? More robots! And that’s exactly what it’s going to get. Earlier this week, it was announced that the U.S. Army tapped Burlington, Mass.-based iRobot Corp. to provide 25 more Small Unmanned Ground Vehicles (SUGV) for testing in the FCS program.
The Army and iRobot have been working together for some time, and this latest $6 million deal brings the total cost of FCS-related contracts the company has with the Army to $63 million. The relationship goes back to 2003, when iRobot was selected by the Army and FCS lead system integrator Boeing to develop a next-generation SUGV for FCS.
The SUGV is modeled after iRobot's PackBot, and is designed to be carried by individual soldiers so that it can be deployed to enter places that are either too dangerous, or inaccessible, to soldiers, in order to provide real-time intelligence. The SUGV clocks in at “less than 30 pounds,” according to the company.
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