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US Military Awards Huge Contract to Recon Robotics for Micro-Robot Kits

• Andy Choi
Recon Robotics revealed that the US Army Rapid Equipping Force and United States Special Operations Command (USSOCOM) have awarded a series of contracts for delivering 385 Recon Scout XT micro-robot kits.

Apart from delivering the Scout, Recon is required to deliver Recon Scout SearchStick devices that are used by warfighters to convert a Recon Scout Throwbot to a pole camera. The order is scheduled for delivery by the 30th of August 2011.

Ernest Langdon, the director of Military Programs at Recon Robotics, explained that the Army considered the micro-robots as an important part of the gear to take on their missions. He added that the robots provide instant visual reconnaissance without being a burden for the US Special troops and dismounted fire teams. The new military contracts reiterate the importance of having personal micro-robots that are deployed at fire-teams in the ratio of one robot for every four to six member team. So far the armed forces have deployed Small Unmanned Ground Vehicles (SUGVs) which weigh 30 to 40 lbs, on counter-IED missions at company level.


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