Boeing and iRobot to Develop New Recon Robot

Boeing Co. and iRobot Corp. on Monday signed a partnership agreement to design and develop a next-generation small unmanned ground vehicle.

The vehicle, which will be called SUGV Early, will be a smaller, lighter version of the iRobot PackBot used in Iraq and Afghanistan to disarm improvised explosive devices. The vehicles can also search buildings, caves and tunnels for hostile forces.

The companies will use Commercial Off-The-Shelf (COTS) technology to the greatest extent possible to rapidly produce and deploy the new robot, which is expected to be in production and ready for delivery in 2008.

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