510 Packbot to supply the U.S. Army with better bomb disarming technology
By RBR Staff
May 31, 2012
iRobot Corp. (NASDAQ: IRBT has received two orders from the U.S. Army’s Robotic Systems Joint Program Office (RSJPO) totaling $6 million. The orders call for the delivery of spares for iRobot 510 PackBot robots, including operator control units, manipulator arms and radios. All deliveries will be completed by November 30, 2012.
The 60-pound 510 Packbot’s primary duty is EOD — explosive ordnance disposal. It enters dangerous areas and disarms bombs so that human troops don’t have to. The robot is operated with a 4.9 or 2.4 GHz radio that has a 15″ operator control unit (OCU), which…
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