and iRobot Corp. (NASDAQ:IRBT) are teaming to design and develop
'SUGV Early', a small unmanned ground vehicle designed for reconnaissance
and intelligence capabilities for military and civil applications.
Early will be a smaller, lighter version of the PackBot,
currently operational with US forces and EOD units worldwide.
The new SUGV will carry a video camera and commercial electro-optics,
infrared sensors mounted on an articulated manipulator arm and
a track-driven chassis that will allow it to negotiate rough
terrain and stairs.
The 30-pound (13.6 kg) backpackable unit will utilizes commercial
off-the- shelf technology and employ the basic design of future
networked robotic systems
currently under development for the U.S. Army, will be ready
for delivery in 2008.
Under the agreement, Boeing will provide expertise in systems
integration, large volume production and global marketing for
the iRobot designed robots. Both companies will jointly offer
these commercial robots to all U.S. Department of Defense, civil
and international markets. "By teaming with Boeing, we
can leverage their system-of-system capabilities and global
marketing strength to quickly get these life-saving robots into
the hands of our troops, first responders and allies worldwide."
said Vice Adm. Joe Dyer (U.S. Navy, Ret.), president of iRobot
Government and Industrial Robots.