QinetiQ NA Wins Int’l Robot Order from Iraq’s Military; JD Crouch Comments

J.D. Crouch
J.D. Crouch

QinetiQ North America has won a $20 million contract to build military robots for Iraq’s military forces to fulfill a foreign sales agreement with that country.

QNA will engineer TALON IV robots at its Waltham, Mass.-based facility and expects to finish work in March 2014 under the firm-fixed-price contract, QinetiQ NA said Thursday.

J.D. Crouch, CEO of QinetiQ North America, said the company will build the TALON robots to help Iraq protect its military, first responders and civilians from improvised explosive devices.

Crouch added that a number of countries are currently using the robots which have helped detect “tens of thousands of IEDs.”

TALON IV robots also work to perform reconnaissance functions, according to the company.

QNA also develops small, medium and large robots designed to identify chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear explosives, as well as assists combat engineering and SWAT/MP units.

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