QinetiQ North America is strengthening its position n the
unmanned systems market with two acquisitions of robotics specialist
companies, acquired by the company's Foster-Miller, Inc. Both
of the acquired businesses are located at Pittsburgh: Automatika,
Inc., and Applied Perception, Inc. Both companies have extensive
ongoing programs with the US Army and USMC.
is a designer, system prototyping, and manufacturing company,
responsible for several unmanned systems evaluated by the US
Marine Corps, including the 'Dragon Runner' and an unattended,
remotely controlled ground sensor. Applied Perception developed
perception, planning, and control software and development tools
to support the navigation of unmanned ground vehicles (UGVs).
Boston based Foster-Miller is the largest provider of man- transportable
robots to the Department of Defense and recently delivered its
1000th TALON robot to the U.S. military in support of operations
in Iraq and Afghanistan.