May 10, 2021

FLIR Centaur400x275FLIR Systems has announced it received more than $70 million in new orders for its advanced ground robots from the U.S. military, including the Army, Navy, Air Force, and Marines. The military branches placed orders for nearly 600 of the company’s Centaur robots, including additional spares, antennas, and payload mounting kits. The U.S. Army awarded FLIR a $31.6 million contract increase for its Man Transportable Robot System Increment II (MTRS Inc. II) program. FLIR said the new award raises the ceiling value of the original contract from $158 million to $190 million.

Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) teams use the Centaur unmanned ground system to assist in disarming landmines, unexploded ordnance, improvised explosive devices  (IEDs), and similar dangerous tasks. FLIR said operators can quickly attach different sensors and payloads to the robot to address other missions, including chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear (CBRN) threats.

In 2017, the U.S. Army chose Centaur as its MTRS Inc. II solution for a multi-year program of record. Since then, other U.S. military branches have deployed Centaur to their EOD units as a new or replacement ground robot system. FLIR has announced more than $170 million for more than 1,300 Centaurs since early 2020.

“The strong demand for this multi-purpose robot shows how well unmanned technology can support EOD teams across our military, enabling them to do their job more safely and effectively,” said Tom Frost, vice president in the unmanned and integrated solutions business at FLIR. “We take enormous pride knowing soldiers, sailors, airmen, and Marines rely on the Centaur UGV to perform hazardous missions around the world every day.”

The medium-sized UGV provides a standoff capability to detect, confirm, identify, and dispose of hazards. With a weight of about 160 pounds, the IOP-compliant robot includes an advanced EO/IR camera suite,has  a manipulator arm that reaches more than six feet, and can also climb stairs. Modular payloads can be used for CBRN detection and other missions.

FLIR said deliveries of the Centaur robots will begin in Q3 2021. More details on the robot system are available here.