The contract is for Talon Gen IV robots, parts, spare kits and related parts and service on a non-time-limited contracted. The announcement from Technology Solutions Group (TSG), which was known as Foster-Miller, Inc. until it was acquired by U.K.-based QinetiQ in 2004, said the company expects to finish the contract in early 2010.
The U.S. Army, Navy and other services have been testing and deploying Talons since they were released in 2000. Currently more than 2,800 are in service, according to TSG, though that figure includes both military and civilian uses.
Talon is a general-purpose, dual-tracked unmanned ground vehicle that can be configured with cameras and a variety of graspers for a variety of specific jobs, including work on unexploded improvised explosive devices (IED), hazardous material identification and disposal, armed reconnaissance and other uses.
The company announced last week that it had added microphones and speakers to Talon so remote operators could hear what was going on in the robot’s vicinity and talk back to those near it at checkpoints, or in hostage negotiations.