Military Embedded Systems

UAS maker Aerovironment acquires ground-robot company Telerob


December 11, 2020

Lisa Daigle

Assistant Managing Editor

Military Embedded Systems

UAS maker Aerovironment acquires ground-robot company Telerob
tEODor EVO photo: Telerob

SIMI VALLEY, Calif. Unmanned aircraft system (UAS) maker AeroVironment has agreed to acquire Telerob (Ostfildern, Germany), a maker of ground robotic solutions or unmanned ground vehicles (UGVs), for approximately $45.4 million (37.5 million euros) in cash and a payoff of about $9.4 million (7.8 million euros) of Telerob’s debt at closing.

According to news of the acquisition from AeroVironment, Telerob's robotic ground solutions include the telemax and tEODor EVO family of UGVs; fully-equipped transport vehicles; plus training, repair, and support services. The ruggedized Telerob products enable users to perform a variety of dangerous missions, including explosive ordinance disposal; hazardous materials handling; and chemical, biological, radiological, and nuclear (CBRN) threat assessment. Telerob's defense, homeland security, and emergency response customers span 45 countries.  

Norbert Gebbeken, Telerob managing director, said of the pending acquisition: “AeroVironment is a leader in unmanned systems, with a compelling vision for integrated robotic solutions that Telerob can help to achieve. We are excited to become part of the AeroVironment team and look forward to developing and delivering the advanced, integrated robotic solutions that will expand our reach and help our customers succeed. We are confident that working together, we will accelerate the progress underway and create greater opportunities to expand our geographic and customer footprint.”

Upon closing -- expected by the spring of 2021 -- Telerob will operate as a wholly-owned subsidiary of AeroVironment.


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