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US Army Orders 1,100 Recon Scout XT Robots

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Army Orders 1,100 Recon Scout XT Robots from ReconRobotics

(Source: ReconRobotics, Inc; issued February 15, 2012)

ReconRobotics, Inc. announced today that it has been awarded a $13.9 million contract for 1,100 Recon Scout XT micro-robot kits from the U.S. Army Contracting Command on behalf of the U.S. Army Rapid Equipping Force. 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.

In addition, the company announced two accessory orders totaling nearly $1 million from the Rapid Equipping Force. 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."

Over the last six months, ReconRobotics has received U.S. military orders for 1,800 Recon Scout XT kits. In addition, more than 350 law enforcement agencies, worldwide, rely on Recon Scout robots to conduct reconnaissance during high-risk tactical operations. Several characteristics make the Recon Scout XT ideally suited to military and police operations: the weight of the entire XT system (robot and handheld Operator Control Unit) is just 3 pounds (1.3kg), and the robot can be deployed in five seconds and thrown up to 120 feet (36m). The XT is also exceptionally quiet and is equipped with an infrared optical system that allows the operator to explore an environment in complete darkness.

ReconRobotics is the world leader in tactical, micro-robot systems. The company was formed in 2006 to commercialize robotics technology developed at the University of Minnesota Distributed Robotics Laboratory under funding from the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA). ReconRobotics is based in Edina, Minnesota, USA and markets its products through a distribution network in 33 countries.