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Saturday, March 02, 2013

U.S. Army orders micro unmanned ground vehicles

Credit: iRobot, FirstLook 110
U.S. Department of Defense, DOD, has recently announced two awards of micro unmanned ground vehicle contracts.
iRobot Corp., Bedford, Mass., was awarded with a $14,4 firm-fixed-price contract to deliver  iRobot 110 FirstLook robotic systems, spare part kits and robot accessories.
The iRobot 110 FirstLook is a small, light, throwable robot that provides hasty situational awareness, performs persistent observation and investigates confined spaces. The robot weighs about 5 pounds, is 10 inches long, 9 inches wide and 4 inches tall. According to iRobot specifications the throwable robot can survive 16-foot drops onto concrete and is waterproof to 3 feet. The robot climbs steps up to 7 inches high, overcomes curbs and other obstacles, turns in place and self-rights when flipped over. The robot gets more than 6 hours of runtime on a typical mission and uses IR illumination to enhance low light and no light operations.
Work will be performed in Bedford, with an estimated completion date of Aug. 20, 2013.
The U.S. Army Contracting Command, Warren, Mich., is the contracting activity (W56HZV-13-C-0124).

Credit: QinetiQ, Dragon Runner 10
QinetiQ North America Inc., Waltham, Mass., was awarded a $12,9 firm-fixed-price contract to deliver Dragon Runner-10 robotic systems and associated spare parts for system sustainment.
The Dragon Runner 10 (DR-10) Micro Unmanned Ground Vehicle (MUGV) is a lightweight, compact, multi-mission remote platform developed for supporting small unit dismounted operations.
Work will be performed in Waltham and Franklin, Mass., and Pittsburgh, Pa., with an estimated completion date of Aug. 25, 2013.
The U.S. Army Contracting Command, Warren, Mich., is the contracting activity

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