FLIR Systems received an additional $30.1 million (€24.8 million) contract from the US Army for sustainment efforts tied in part to the service’s Man Transportable Robotic System Increment II (MTRS Inc II) and Common Robotic System-Heavy (CRS-H) ground robot programmes, the company announced on 26 January. The award raises the maximum value on the company’s existing contract to $88 million, covering maintenance, parts and overall sustainment support for the entire FLIR unmanned ground vehicles (UGV) family of small, medium and large robots used by the Army.
“From the KOBRA and CENTAUR platforms to our smaller PackBot and FirstLook robots, we are well positioned to provide high-quality, cost-effective sustainment efforts over these systems’ lifespan and deliver lifesaving robotic technology to America’s warfighters,” commented Tom Frost, VP for Unmanned Ground Systems.
In 2019, the Army selected the FLIR KOBRA robot as its CRS-H platform. The five-year production contract is worth up to $109 million to build upwards of 350 UGVs. In November, the Army announced it had begun fielding CRS-H. Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) teams will use the system to perform a range of missions, such as disarming vehicle-borne IEDs and other heavy-duty jobs. Modular payloads can be added for chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear (CBRN) detection and other tasks.
In 2017, the Army selected the medium-sized CENTAUR robot as its MTRS Inc II solution. FLIR is delivering systems under that multi-year programme of record, valued at more than $150 million upon award, including options. Since then, other US services have also opted to deploy CENTAUR.
Over the last year, FLIR has announced multiple orders totalling nearly $100 million for more than 750 CENTAURs from the Army, Air Force, Navy, and Marine Corps. In addition to its use for bomb disposal efforts, CENTAUR operators can quickly attach different sensors and payloads to the robot to address other missions, including CBRN threats.