FLIR Systems, a firm that focuses on the production of thermal imaging cameras, has declared that U.S. Air Force has ordered over 180 of the corporation’s Centaur™ uncrewed ground vehicles (UGV), plus spares.
The $23 million agreement is sourced via the Department of Defense Man Transportable Robotic System Increment II (MTRS Inc II) program.
Centaur is the MTRS Inc II solution. This remotely operated system provides a standoff capability to detect, confirm and eliminate hazards. The fully-IOP compliant, open architected robot has a conventional chassis and modular mission loads in support of current and future missions. Centaur helps Engineers, Chemical, Biological, Radiological and Nuclear and EOD Troopers. Centaur is at the moment only available to the U.S. Defense Department.
In 2017, the U.S. Army selected FLIR Systems’ legacy enterprise, Endeavor Robotics, as its medium-sized robot supplier for MTRS II. The firm built a new UGV, Centaur, as its MTRS Inc II solution. FLIR has started delivering Centaur units to the Army under that multi-year contract of record, which upon award was worth as much as $158 million, along with options.
Air Force Explosive Ordnance Disposal teams will utilize the FLIR Centaur to assist in disarming improvised explosive devices and similar hazardous duties.