ECA Group recently won two contracts to supply its new-generation Cameleon LG ground robots to the Armed Forces of Canada and France, the company announced.
The first contract was awarded in France as part of the SCORPION land vehicle acquisition program, which aims to modernize the capabilities of ground troops in collaborative combat. After conducting technical and operational assessments via three different bodies (DGA TT, STAT and SIMMT), the French Defence Procurement Agency DGA placed an order for 56 robots with NEXTER Group. As a part of this order, ECA Group will supply 38 Cameleon LG robots, launched in early 2019.
The first batches will be delivered in June 2020, and the delivery will be completed in early 2021. This new order indicates renewed confidence following the contract of more than €30 million announced in early 2018 for the delivery of more than 50 IGUANA robots as part of the French SMINEX program.
Over the last six years, Canada has been using the COBRA MK2 mini ground robots produced by ECA Group. After assessing the technical and operational performance of several competitors, Canada also chose the Cameleon LG for its mine-clearance missions. Alongside NEXTER, ECA Group will supply the Canadian Department of National Defense and Canadian Armed Forces with nine of these unmanned ground vehicles (UGVs), and 4 as an option. The first delivery is scheduled for April 2020.
ECA GROUP is currently competing in several other calls for tender in Europe and Asia, which could represent attractive prospects for its ground robotics business, the company said.