Roboteam has been contracted to deliver 75 of its Micro Tactical Ground Robot (MTGR) unmanned ground vehicles (UGVs).
The systems are scheduled to be delivered by the end of 2017, and production has commenced. Roboteam CEO Shahar Abuhazira told Jane's , "These most recent orders came from three customers: the US Air National Guard, an agency within the United States Department of Defense, and the Israel Defense Forces."
The MTGR can be used for a number of applications, including reconnaissance, surveillance, and target acquisition; subterranean and culvert inspection; dismounted explosive ordnance disposal (EOD) operations; and chemical, biological, radiological, nuclear, and explosive (CBRNE) detection, among other tasks.
The MTGR is now in its third generation, and was first unveiled at the Association of Unmanned Vehicles and Systems International (AUVSI) conference in Las Vegas in August 2012; the fourth generation of the MTGR is due to be completed by the end of 2017. Shahar Abuhazira told Jane's , "All three organisations ordered the third generation of the Micro Tactical Ground Robot – that's the same configuration the USAF [US Air Force] purchased as part of the Small EOD Robot program. The systems will be delivered with a full set of accessories, spare parts, and with a long-term warranty package."
Production of the units will take place in the United States, and Roboteam has partnered with API Technologies to manufacture the vehicle. "We have today an active production line in Pennsylvania, which allows us to provide systems to users with a very short lead time. We will start to deliver in two weeks and the last system will be delivered by the end of November," Abuhazira said.
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