WALTHAM, MA, August 29, 2007 – Foster-Miller , Inc., a QinetiQ North America company, announced today that the Naval Explosive Ordnance Disposal Technology Division (NAVEODTECHDIV) in Indian Head, MD, has raised the ceiling of its $257 million IDIQ (indefinite delivery/indefinite quantity) contract to $290 million and ordered another $37 million of TALON® EOD robots and replacement parts. Total funding actually released from this contract now stands at $165 million.This is the second major funding award for TALON robots announced this month. Foster-Miller announced the receipt of delivery orders totaling $51 million against the Robotic Systems Joint Program Office (RSJPO) IDIQ contract administered by the Naval Air Warfare Training Systems Division (NAVAIR) for TALON robots and replacement parts two weeks ago.
NAVEODTECHDIV is the single service manager for Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) and purchases EOD robots for the Air Force, Army, Navy and Marines. The RSJPO procures some EOD robots, but also supplies non-EOD TALONs to other parts of the military and staffs the Robot Hospitals in Iraq and Afghanistan.
“Once again, we thank NAVEODTECHDIV for its continuing support of our TALON robots,” Dr. William Ribich, president and CEO said. “We join with them in their determination to provide our troops with all the equipment they need for their vital missions in Iraq and Afghanistan.”
Foster-Miller, Inc., is a technology and product development company with an international reputation for delivering innovative products and systems that perform under the most demanding conditions. The firm was founded in 1956 by three graduates of MIT who believed there was a need for a company that could solve clients’ difficult technical problems through first-class analysis and design. Foster-Miller is certified to Aerospace Quality Management Standard AS9100 and has SW-CMM Level 3 software certification from the Software Engineering Institute at Carnegie Mellon University. In November 2004, Foster-Miller became a wholly owned subsidiary of QinetiQ North America.
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[According to the Naval Joint Robotics Website Tech Database, these puppies go for about $60K a pop which is about 600 robots. That's a lot of gear. Excellent.--Ed.]