Army Asks for $8.8 Million Worth of IRobot’s PackBots; Order Part of Existing Contract
The order was made on behalf of the Robotic Systems Joint Project Office at Redstone Arsenal—the same office that spearheaded the recent X-Bot competition that resulted in a $279.9 million contract going to iRobot rival Robotic FX. (That contract is currently subject to a stay imposed by the Government Accountability Office, and is at the center of iRobot’s lawsuits against Robotic FX.) Despite that connection, however, the $8.8 million order announced today is part of a separate contract originally awarded to iRobot in June, 2006.
Today’s order brings total orders under the contract to $45 million; the full value of the agreement could ultimately top $64 million. IRobot says it expects to deliver the latest batch of PackBots by the end of June 2008.