FLIR Systems has received an additional $30.1 million contract from the U.S. Army for sustainment efforts tied in part to the service’s Man Transportable Robotic System Increment II (MTRS Inc. II) and Common Robotic System-Heavy (CRS-H) ground robot programs.
The award raises the maximum value on the company’s existing Indefinite Delivery, Indefinite Quantity (IDIQ) contract to $88 million, covering maintenance, parts and overall sustainment support for the entire FLIR unmanned ground systems family of small, medium and large robots used by the Army.
“We’re proud to be supporting the U.S. Army on two vital programs of record designed to confront a new generation of threats on the battlefield,” said Tom Frost, VP for Unmanned Ground Systems in the Unmanned and Integrated Solutions business at FLIR. “From the Kobra and Centaur platforms to our smaller PackBot and FirstLook robots, we are well positioned to provide high-quality, cost-effective sustainment efforts over these systems’ lifespan and deliver lifesaving robotic technology to America’s warfighters.”
In 2019, the Army selected the FLIR Kobra robot as its CRS-H platform. The five-year production contract is worth up to $109 million to build upwards of 350 unmanned ground vehicles. In November, the Army announced it had begun fielding CRS-H. Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) teams will use the system to perform a range of missions, such as disarming vehicle-borne improvised explosive devices and other heavy-duty jobs. Modular payloads can be added for chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear (CBRN) detection and other tasks.
In 2017, the Army selected the medium-sized Centaur robot as its MTRS Inc. II solution. FLIR is delivering systems under that multi-year program of record, valued at more than $150 million upon award, including options. Since then, other U.S. military branches have opted to deploy Centaur as well.
Over the last year, FLIR has announced multiple orders totaling nearly $100 million for more than 750 Centaur unmanned ground systems from the Army, Air Force, Navy, and Marine Corps. In addition to its use for bomb disposal efforts, Centaur operators can quickly attach different sensors and payloads to the robot to address other missions, including CBRN threats.
Common Robotic System – Heavy (CRS-H)
The Common Robotic System – Heavy (CRS-H) is the U.S. Army’s large sized, modernized vehicle transportable, common robotic platform capable of accepting various mission payloads enhancing protection to the EOD Soldier by providing increased standoff capability to identify, render safe and dispose of explosive ordnance and improvised explosive devices in support of the range of military operations and homeland defense applications.
CRS-H will enable EOD Soldiers to interrogate hazardous devices in the range of military operations and homeland defense operations. Its special features will provide enhanced capability to detect, identify, access, render safe, exploit, and achieve final disposition of heavy explosive ordnance to include IEDs, Vehicle Borne IEDs, and Weapons of Mass Destruction at safe standoff.
The Army’s Acquisition Objective is 248 CRS-Hs.
Man Transportable Robotic System Increment II (MTRS Inc II)
The Man Transportable Robotic System Increment II (MTRS Inc II) is a remotely operated, medium-sized robotic system that provides a standoff capability to detect, confirm, identify and dispose of hazards.
MTRS Inc II has a standard chassis and modular mission payloads in support of current and future missions. MTRS Inc II supports Engineers, Chemical, Biological, Radiological and Nuclear (CBRN) Soldiers and Special Operations Forces (SOF). It is part of the Army’s common modernized unmanned ground vehicles fleet, and is a Program of Record to replace multiple capabilities quickly procured to support Operations Iraqi Freedom and Enduring Freedom.
The MTRS Inc II provides the warfighter with a remote standoff ability to locate, identify and clear landmines, unexploded ordnance and improvised explosive devices in the path of maneuvering Army or Joint forces. It also provides CBRN Soldiers with the capability to employ CBRN sensors from a distance. It replaces the aging non-standard fleet of robots with enhanced capabilities to clear obstacles and threats, improving the ability to maneuver and enhancing survivability. Recognizing the benefits of this enhanced capability, sister services are joining the program on their own accord to procure MTRS.