Military Embedded Systems

Army heavyweight robot contract won by FLIR


December 05, 2019

Emma Helfrich

Technology Editor

Military Embedded Systems

Photo courtesy of FLIR Systems.

WILSONVILLE, Ore. FLIR Systems, Inc. announced that its Kobra robot has been chosen for the U.S. Army?s Common Robotic System-Heavy (CRS-H) program. The five-year production contract to build upwards of 350 unmanned ground vehicles (UGVs) is worth up to $109 million.

The CRS-H program will give the Army a ‘program of record’ to build and sustain a fleet of large UGVs for years to come. The CRS-H platform calls for a robot weighing up to 700 pounds.

Army Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) units will use the system to perform a range of missions, such as disarming vehicle-borne improvised explosive devices (VBIEDs), unexploded ordnance, or related heavy-duty tasks. A variety of sensors and payloads also can be added to the UGV to support other missions.

The award covers a five-year production period with shipments beginning in the second quarter of 2020.


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