QinetiQ sells TALON robots to Australian Defence Force

24 Aug 2009
QinetiQ Group PLC, a leading international provider of technology-based services and solutions, has secured a AUS$23m contract from the Australian Department of Defence for TALON robots and replacement parts to support Australian Defence Forces deployed on operations.

Developed by QinetiQ North America in Waltham, Massachusetts, TALON robots can be configured for specific tasks including the disposal of Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs), reconnaissance, the identification of hazardous material, combat engineering support and assistance to police units engaged in SWAT (Special Weapons and Tactics) operations. 2,800 TALON robots are deployed around the world – more than any other military robot.

“The TALON robot is an excellent example of the world-leading technology that QinetiQ is able to deliver to our clients within Australia and the region,” said Mike Kalms, CEO of QinetiQ Australia. “We continue to work closely with our UK and US colleagues to ensure QinetiQ is able to offer an increasing portfolio of leading technology and service solutions to our Australian defence customers.”

QinetiQ also provides a repair and maintenance facility for TALON robots in Australia and the region through its partner company, Pacific Security and Environmental Solutions.

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About QinetiQ Group PLC

A FTSE250 company, QinetiQ is a leading international provider of technology-based services and solutions to the defence, security and related markets. QinetiQ develops and deliver services and solutions for government organisations, predominantly in the UK and US, including defence departments, intelligence services and security agencies. In addition, QinetiQ provides technology insertion and consultancy services to commercial and industrial customers around the world. With over 14,000 employees, QinetiQ operates principally in the UK and North America and has recently entered the Australian defence consulting market.

About QinetiQ Pty Ltd

QinetiQ Australia was formed in February 2008 with over 300 dedicated employees and a current annual turnover of ~AUS$50m. Recognised for its capabilities in aircraft structural integrity, complex weapons management, simulation and training, it has a particular focus on defence, security and government procurement and sustainment activities.

About QinetiQ North America

QinetiQ North America delivers world-class technology and responsive solutions to government agencies and commercial customers for many of their most urgent and complex challenges. QinetiQ North America is an independent, innovative technology provider that earns over one billion dollars in revenue operating with small company speed and agility while leveraging significant global resources. More than 6,400 QinetiQ North America engineers, scientists and other professionals have the mission knowledge and proven, reliable performance to meet the rapidly changing demands of national defence, homeland security and information assurance customers.
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QinetiQ sells TALON robots to Australian Defence Force