iRobot has received an IDIQ contract with the potential value of $96 million from the U.S. Navy to deliver its new MK1 robots. iRobot is a leader in providing robotic technology-based solutions. According to the first multi-year IDIQ contract (which has a total ceiling of $46.7 million), it has support services, upgrades, and spares for the Man Transportable Robotic System (also known as the MTRS) MK1 robots. The MK1 robots are modeled after the iRobot’s multi-mission’s iRobot 510 PackBot.
According to Tom Frost, the senior vice president and general manager of the iRobot’s Defense & Security business unit says,
"iRobot values its long standing service to multiple agencies within the Department of Defense. Our family of robots are smart, light, rugged and easy to use. We take pride in the role they play to keep our service members safe, and we remain committed to ensuring the U.S. Navy's MTRS fleet is equipped with the latest in robotic technologies to combat threats that persist globally."
iRobot Corporation has multiple divisions from their products. They have their Home, Business, and Defense and Security lines. The Home iRobots help people find a more efficient way to clean, the defense and security robots help defend and protect those people in harm. iRobot uses a multitude of technologies such as navigation, manipulation, mobility, and artificial intelligence.
To learn more about what iRobot offers, here is a short description from iRobot themselves:
“To support and encourage the development of robot technology, iRobot offers comprehensive resources for third-party developers, providing information and products that facilitate the creation and easy integration of new payloads, behaviors and capabilities on iRobot platforms. iRobot collaborates with external developers from government agencies, academic institutions and small and large businesses to create and bring to market innovations that help warfighters and public safety professionals tackle dangerous missions with less risk.”
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