Centaur Robots Earn U.S. Marines Contract to Build UGVs

FLIR Systems, a world-leading industrial technology firm focused on intelligent sensing solutions, declared that the U.S. Marine Corps has followed Air Force and ordered over 140 of the corporate’s Centaur unmanned ground vehicles.

Centaur Robots Earn U.S. Marines Contract to Build UGVs

The $18.6 million contract is sourced through the Department of Defense Man Transportable Robotic System Increment II  program.

Earlier this month, FLIR declared the U.S. Air Force has ordered nearly 200 Centaurs through a $23 million contract. Marine Corps Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) groups will use the FLIR Centaur to help in disarming improvised explosive devices, unexploded ordnance, and similar hazardous duties. Different sensors and payloads might be added to support a number of missions.

In 2017, the U.S. Military chose Endeavor Robotics, acquired a year earlier by FLIR, as its medium-sized robot supplier for MTRS Inc II. The corporate built the all-new Centaur as its MTRS solution. FLIR is delivering robots to the Army under that multi-year program of record, which upon award was worth over $150 million, including options. This latest order falls under the current ceiling.

Centaur is a medium-sized UGV that gives a standoff capability to detect, affirm, determine, and eliminate hazards—weighing approximately 160 pounds, the open-architecture robot options an advanced EO/IR camera suite, a manipulator arm that reaches over six feet, and the ability to climb stairs. Modular payloads can be utilized for CBRNE detection and other missions.