May 4, 2021

TeleRobUGVs400x275AeroVironment, which develops intelligent, multi-domain robotic systems, has announced it was granted clearance from the German government for its previously announced acquisition of Telerob Gesellschaft für Fernhantierungstechnik mbH (Telerob), in a $45.4 million (€37.5 million) cash transaction. This includes a payoff of about $9.4 million (€7.8 million) in Telerob’s debt at closing, with Telerob now operating as a wholly-owned subsidiary of AeroVironment.

Founded in 1994, Telerob develops advanced and comprehensive turnkey unmanned ground robotics solutions, including the telemax and tEODor EVO family of UGVs, fully-equipped transport vehicles and training, repair and support services. The solutions safely and effectively perform several dangerous missions, including explosive ordnance disposal (EOD), hazardous materials handling (HAZMAT) and chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear (CBRN) threat assessment. The company’s ruggedized UGVs include all-terrain capabilities and advanced, precision manipulators, autonomous functionality and intuitive operation for mission flexibility. Customers span 45 countries and include applications in homeland security, emergency response and defense.

“Our acquisition of Telerob marks a significant expansion to our portfolio of intelligent, multi-domain robotic systems, from small and medium unmanned aircraft systems, to tactical missile systems and now, unmanned ground vehicles,” said Wahid Nawabi, president and CEO of AeroVironment. “We welcome the talented Telerob team and look forward to delivering even more capability to our customers in the United States and more than 50 allied countries around the world.”

AeroVironment recently submitted a proposal with Telerob for the U.S. Air Force’s 10-year Indefinite Delivery, Indefinite Quantity (IDIQ) Large Explosive Ordnance Disposal robot program, announced in October 2020. The Air Force has not yet announced the awardee for this program.

More details on the company’s ground robotic solutions can be found here.