Procurement: More Combat Robots Ordered

Archives

September 17, 2005

The U.S. Department of Defense has ordered another 950 MTRS (Man Transportable Robotic System). These are like radio-control cars kids play with. But the military versions are more rugged, can climb up stairs and over rubble, and have video cameras, and an extendable arm that can grab things. The military systems cost $100,000 each. There are already 250 of these systems in use. Recently, a much cheaper MTRS, the $8,000 MARCBOT (Multi Function Agile Remote-Controlled Robot) received rave reviews from the troops. So much so that the original 30 evaluation models were augmented by an order for 270 more. But when it comes to roadside bombs, Congress has made a lot of money available. So its possible to order a lot of the more expensive robots as well. All MTRS can be used to check out objects that might be IEDs (Improvised Explosive Devices, usually roadside bombs), and the troops have been most enthusiastic about this particular use of all types of MTRS.

 


Article Archive

Procurement: Current 2018 2017 2016 2015 2014 2013 2012 2011 2010 2009 2008 2007 2006 2005 2004 2003 2002 2001 2000 1999 


X

ad
0
20

Help Keep Us Soaring

We need your help! Our subscription base has slowly been dwindling. We need your help in reversing that trend. We would like to add 20 new subscribers this month.

Each month we count on your subscriptions or contributions. You can support us in the following ways:

  1. Make sure you spread the word about us. Two ways to do that are to like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.
  2. Subscribe to our daily newsletter. We’ll send the news to your email box, and you don’t have to come to the site unless you want to read columns or see photos.
  3. You can contribute to the health of StrategyPage. A contribution is not a donation that you can deduct at tax time, but a form of crowdfunding. We store none of your information when you contribute..
Subscribe   Contribute   Close