U.S. Army to spend $13.9 million on micro reconnaissance robots (video).

ReconRobotics, Inc. announced today that it has been awarded a…

ReconRobotics, Inc. announced today that it has been awarded a $13.9 million contract by the U.S. Army’s Rapid Equipping Force for up to 1,000 miniature, throwable, mobile robots. The Indefinite Delivery, Indefinite Quantity (IDIQ) contract will streamline the purchasing process for deploying Army and Marine Corps units and speed delivery on the company’s pre-priced micro-robot systems and accessories.

The U.S. Military is acquiring the micro-robots to provide four- and five-man fire teams with immediate tactical reconnaissance during urban warfare operations, surveillance missions and counter-IED efforts. ReconRobotics has already received and begun delivering the first order under this contract for 84 robots.

ReconRobotics created an entirely new class of military robots in 2007 when it introduced the throwable 1.2-lb (540g) Recon Scout(R) micro-robot. Prior to that time, military robots weighed 30 to 80lbs (13 to 36kg), were transported in vehicles, and were deployed as company- or battalion-level assets.

Today, a warfighter can carry his Throwbot(R) XT in a pocket or small pack, and can deploy it in less than five seconds to gain lifesaving video and audio reconnaissance before he enters a compound or other structure. This capability can reveal the number of enemy combatants, the presence of civilians and the locations of improvised explosive devices (IEDs). More than 2,000 of the company’s robots are currently deployed in Afghanistan.

Source: ReconRobotics, Inc.

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