ReconRobotics, Inc., has been awarded a $13.9 million contract for over 1,000 of its Recon Scout XT micro-robot kits from the U.S. Army. This is the largest order in the company’s history and, in terms of the number of units, it is also the largest micro-robot order ever issued by the U.S. Army ReconRobotics plans to complete deliveries on these orders by May 31, 2012.
“We are honored that the U.S. Army has once again chosen our Recon Scout XT system for their dismounted troops,” said Ernest Langdon, Director of Military Programs for ReconRobotics. “Although these 1.2-lb robots are exceptionally small, they will play a big role in providing our warfighters with increased situational awareness and standoff distance as they conduct operations in active combat theaters.”
ReconRobotics, which was formed to commercialize robotics technology developed at the University of Minnesota Distributed Robotics Lab, is no stranger to dealing with the US Army. Over the last six months, the company has received orders for 1,800 Recon Scout XT kits.
The lightweight, throwable robot is well-suited for use by military and police. When used as directed, the robots provide operators with situational awareness and the ability to maintain a greater standoff distance between the user and the adversary.