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NAVSEA Exercises Expanded Options in Contract for Bluefin
03/06/08 — Bluefin Robotics, a leading Autonomous Underwater Vehicle (AUV) manufacturer, has announced that the Naval Sea Systems Command, Indian Head Division has exercised an option in a previously awarded contract for the Bluefin-9 series AUV.  With a potential value of $29 million, the contract outlines procurement of AUV systems, support equipment,…

General Dynamics Awarded $40 Million Army Contract to Produce Robotic Security Vehicles
02/26/08 — The U.S. Army has awarded General Dynamics Robotic Systems an indefinite delivery/indefinite quantity contract with a total potential value of $40 million for production of the robotic Mobile Detection and Assessment and Response System (MDARS). General Dynamics Robotic Systems is a part of General Dynamics Land Systems (Sterling Heights, Mich.),…

U.S. Army Installs JTRS-Approved Falcon III Radios from Harris Corporation into UAVs
02/26/08 — New Application Significantly Extends Communications Distances Harris Corporation (NYSE:HRS), an international communications and information technology company, is providing its JTRS-approved Falcon III® AN/PRC-152(C) handheld radios to the U.S. Army to extend the communications capabilities of soldiers serving in mountainous and urban environments. The Army is installing Falcon III AN/PRC-152(C) radios…

AeroVironment Awarded $45.8 Million Contract Option for Raven Small Unmanned Aircraft Systems and Su
02/21/08 — AeroVironment, Inc. (AV) (NASDAQ: AVAV), a leader in unmanned aircraft systems and efficient electric energy systems, announced that the U.S. Army has ordered additional RQ-11B (Raven) small unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) and associated services by the exercise of an option under an existing contract.  Each Raven system typically consists of…

Lockheed Martin Agrees to Acquire UGV Navigation Software Company PercepTek
02/21/08 — Lockheed Martin Corporation has acquired PercepTek, Inc., a Colorado-based provider of advanced autonomous software technologies. Terms of the transaction, which will not have a material impact on the Corporation, were not disclosed. PercepTek is a privately owned company that has developed software solutions for autonomous navigation for unmanned ground vehicles,…

Dr. Patrick Rowe Joins RE2, Inc. as Vice President of Research and Development
01/30/08 — RE2, Inc., a leading developer of intelligent modular manipulation systems, announced today that it has hired Dr. Patrick Rowe as the Vice President of Research and Development. In this role, Dr. Rowe is responsible for overseeing the technical direction of RE2’s robotics research and development projects, generating new business opportunities,…

Report Reflects Future for Military’s Unmanned Systems
01/14/08 — By Gerry J. Gilmore American Forces Press Service A new Defense Department report reflects military needs and goals in acquiring improved unmanned systems during the decades ahead, a senior official told Pentagon reporters. Titled, “Unmanned Systems Roadmap: 2007-2032,” the report looks at how the U.S. military should proceed in developing,…

Technest Holdings Receives Funding to Develop Real-Time Multiple Target Tracking System
12/13/07 — Technest Holdings, Inc. (OTCBB: TCNH), a world-class 3D imaging company transforming state-of-the-art technology into real world products, announced that it has received a second-year grant of $356,000 for an SBIR Phase II program to continue developing its SmartMTI multiple target tracking system with real-time capabilities for the United States Army…

RE2 Awarded SBIR Grant to Design a Robotic Nursing Assistant
12/13/07 — RE2, Inc., a leading developer of intelligent modular manipulation systems, announced that it was awarded a Phase I Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) contract grant (contract number W81XWH-08-C-0023) on October 17, 2007 by the U.S. Army s Telemedicine and Advanced Technology Research Center (TATRC) to design a Robotic Nursing Assistant…

NAVSEA Awards Bluefin Phase Funding in Hull Inspection Contract
12/13/07 — The Naval Sea Systems Command, Indian Head Division has awarded Bluefin Robotics Corporation funding for further development of Bluefin’s unique Hovering Autonomous Underwater Vehicle (HAUV) as part of the Explosive Ordnance Disposal Hull Unmanned Vehicle Localization System (EOD HULS) contract. Having participated successfully in the Demonstration Phase of the contract,…

Military and Commercial MicroUAV Efforts Picking Up Worldwide
12/07/07 — Like their big brother counterparts, unmanned aerial vehicles, Micro Unmanned Aerial Vehicles or MicroUAVs, are expanding into many different markets.  Both MicroUAV research efforts and deployments are increasing. by John P. Desmond It’s a bird, it’s a plane, no it’s a MicroUAV.  A micro unmanned aerial vehicle. A fair amount…

Don’t Send a Man to Do a Machine’s Job
12/07/07 — Scenario: It’s spring 2008 and a supply convoy of U.S. civilian trucks guarded by armored Humvees and huge armored trucks called MRAPs proceeds north out of Kuwait on Main Supply Route (MSR) ‘A’.  Bridges have been blown up and the convoy is routed along the edge of a town when…

Raytheon Purchases Sarcos’ Robotics Technologies
11/21/07 — Raytheon Company (NYSE: RTN) has acquired the robotics technologies and capabilities of Sarcos. Based in Salt Lake City, Utah, Sarcos researches and develops technologies in the advanced field of micro-electro mechanical systems. Terms of the transaction were not disclosed. “With Sarcos we are gaining world-renowned research and development capabilities in…

First Responder Products Inc. Becomes Distributor for X-Bot(R) Robotics
11/21/07 — First Responder Products Inc. (OTCBB: FRPD) announced that, as part of its continuing efforts to become an industry leader in providing high-tech products and solutions to the first responder community, it has become a distributor for the X-Bot® line of robotics products developed by Innovative Response Technologies, Inc. (IRT). The…

Elbit Systems to Supply Israeli Defense Forces With UAV Systems Valued Around $30M
11/21/07 — Elbit Systems Ltd. (NASDAQ: ESLT) received a new UAV order for the Israeli Defense Forces (IDF). The order, valued at approximately $30 million, includes the development, manufacture and supply of new and improved UAV systems, as well as the upgrade of existing UAV systems, designed to enhance and expand the…

Uncle Sam Wants You To Develop (Autonomous) UGVs
11/05/07 — “If you are considering military robotics as a career or a direction for your company, the news is all good…roadmaps are in place for the development and deployment of UGV systems and funding is available.” The US military, like the militaries of most developed countries, understands the value of applying…

RE2 awarded US Army Phase II SBIR Program to Develop High-Speed Inspection Robot w/ Manipulator Arm
11/01/07 — RE2, Inc., a leading provider of intelligent modular manipulation systems and JAUS software solutions, announced today that it has been awarded a Phase II Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) program by the U.S. Army to further develop a small, high-speed, highly maneuverable unmanned ground vehicle (UGV) with a manipulator arm.…

CoroWare’s CoroBot JAUS Brings Affordability to Military Robotics Research
11/01/07 — CoroWare, an Innova Robotics & Automation company (INRA.OB), announced today at AUVSI – San Diego’s Unmanned Systems Interoperability Conference (USIC) - their plan to release the CoroBot JAUS (Joint Architecture for Unmanned Systems) mobile robot.  This newest CoroBot model is targeted to meet the needs of military robotics researchers and…




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