Foster-Miller Inc, a QinetiQ North America company, has received an additional $18.5 million from the Naval Explosive Ordnance Disposal Technology Division (NAVEODTECHDIV) in Indian Head, MD, for 114 more TALON® EOD robots and spare parts.
This brings the total funding actually released to $132 million against the six-year, $257 million IDIQ (indefinite delivery/indefinite quantity) contract Foster-Miller initially announced in September 2005.
In April, NAVEODTECHDIV allocated $26 million to purchase an additional 151 TALON EOD robots.
“This is another example of our military’s commitment to keeping our EOD technicians supplied with robots that can help them defuse roadside bombs,” said Dr William Ribich, president and CEO of Foster-Miller.
NAVEODTECHDIV is the single service manager for Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) and purchases EOD robots for the Air Force, Army, Navy and Marines. Countless lives have been saved through the use of these robots, and they are now viewed as essential equipment in the ongoing struggle to defeat IEDs (improvised explosive devices).