The current shipment brings the number of TALON™ robots performing EOD (explosive ordnance disposal) work in Iraq and Afghanistan to more than 100 robots.
“Foster-Miller remains committed to providing our troops with the best possible equipment in the shortest possible time,” said Dr. William Ribich, president and CEO. “Every robot we put in harm’s way helps protect another soldier.”
TALON™ robots have been in continuous, active military service since 2000 when they were successfully used in Bosnia to move and dispose of live grenades. They were used extensively at Ground Zero in search and recovery efforts after the September 11 attack on the World Trade Center and were the first robots taken into Afghanistan by Special Forces during action against the Taliban and Osama bin Laden in 2002. They went into Iraq with US forces in March 2003. TALON™ robots have now completed more than 20,000 EOD missions.
Foster-Miller has been awarded almost $65 million since October 2002 to continue developing and manufacturing TALON™ robots, beginning with a $27.6 million contract from the Naval Surface Warfare Center, Indian Head, MD. In March 2004, Foster-Miller received $6 million from TSWG (the Technical Support Working Group) and the Joint Program Office for Robotics to send more robots to Iraq, followed by another $2.4 million from the Joint Program Office in July. Foster-Miller has received more than $8 million to develop Sea Talon, an autonomous underwater version of the robot that can be used to neutralize mines in shallow water, from the Naval Surface Warfare Center in Panama City, FL. The current order for robots is from the Naval Sea Systems Command, Indian Head, MD, which buys EOD equipment for all branches of the service.
Foster-Miller, Inc., is an engineering, development and manufacturing company located in suburban Boston, MA, with additional offices in Albany, NY and Washington, DC. The firm was founded almost 50 years ago by three graduates of MIT who believed there was a need for a company that could solve clients’difficult technical problems through first-class analysis and design. The company maintains a staff of more than 350 mechanical, electrical, thermal, chemical, nuclear, aerospace, software and materials engineers as well as metallurgists, physicists, mathematicians, chemists, biologists and support staff working in the areas of transportation, robotics, advanced materials, custom machinery, power systems, biotechnology and aerospace