ARMY

Endeavor, QinetiQ NA to proceed on $429M Army ground robot contract

Endeavor Robotics and QinetiQ North America have won places on a potential nine-year, $429.1 million contract to build and deliver unmanned ground vehicles to the Army.

Technically, Endeavor and QNA were selected for the 10-month engineering and manufacturing development phase to each deliver two run-off robots for the Army to test and evaluate.

The Army will then evaluate the run-off test results to determine which company will proceed to the low-rate initial production phase of the Common Robotic System Individual program, the Defense Department said in its Friday contracts digest.

After the down-select, the Army will then convert the contract from multiple award to single award.

The Army envisions the CRS-I vehicles as being applicable for dismounted forces and having payloads for functions such as explosive ordnance disposal, plus detection of chemical, biological, radiological or nuclear agents.

CRS-I robots should weigh no more than 25 pounds and also feature both a manipulator arm and sensors.

Endeavor and QNA will additionally deliver seven CRS-I systems and eight production representative systems for government tests and related activities during the engineering phase. Testing activities will center on areas such as system interoperability, security controls and cyber.

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Ross Wilkers is a senior staff writer for Washington Technology. He can be reached at rwilkers@washingtontechnology.com. Follow him on Twitter: @rosswilkers. Also find and connect with him on LinkedIn.

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