UK Ministry of Defence Awards Harris Corporation Contract Worth up to $70 Million for Explosive Ordnance Disposal Robots
- Harris T7TM robotic system to provide U.K. forces with advanced EOD capabilities
- Features unique, highly intuitive control interface, haptic feedback and human-like dexterity
- Represents first of several potential international opportunities for the T7 robot
The United Kingdom’s Ministry of Defence (MOD) has awarded Harris Corporation (NYSE:HRS) a contract worth up to £55 million ($70 million) to provide T7™ robotic systems – with a highly intuitive control interface and haptic feedback – to support U.K. explosive ordnance disposal (EOD) missions around the world. The announcement was made during DSEI 2017 being held September 12-15 at the ExCeL in London.
The systems will be part of the MOD’s Project STARTER and help defeat a wide variety of explosive threats, including improvised explosive devices (IEDs) and unexploded ordnances. The T7 supports the demanding requirements of commercial and military missions, including hazardous materials (HAZMAT) cleanup, EOD, intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR) and special weapons and tactics missions.
The robot provides operators with human-like dexterity and haptic force feedback from the robot arm to the remote-control handgrip. The T7’s interface provides ease of use for operators and unmatched command and control. Its precision control and dexterity shorten task completion time and improve mission effectiveness, and its rugged track system provides the outstanding mobility and maneuverability required for rough terrain. A variety of attachments enable use of standard-issue sensors, disruptors and tools that support a wide range of missions, including HAZMAT and the ability to disable and defeat IEDs planted inside vehicles.
“This award will bring life-saving technology to U.K. forces in the field and reaffirms the importance of highly reliable, precise and easy-to-use robotic systems for EOD operators,” said Ed Zoiss, president, Harris Electronic Systems. “During Project STARTER’s assessment trials in 2016, T7 successfully demonstrated to the U.K. MOD the maneuverability, reliability, and capability required for the toughest EOD missions. This award also represents the first of several more international contract awards we’re anticipating for the T7.”
Harris has conducted advanced R&D and developed robotic solutions for ground and maritime environments for more than 20 years. Harris robotic systems are designed with the user in mind and support ISR, EOD, and HAZMAT missions in the harshest conditions. For more information on the T7, please visit: www.harris.com/t7.
About Harris Corporation
Harris Corporation is a leading technology innovator, solving customers’ toughest mission-critical challenges by providing solutions that connect, inform and protect. Harris supports government and commercial customers in more than 100 countries and has approximately $6 billion in annual revenue. The company is organized into three business segments: Communication Systems, Electronic Systems and Space and Intelligence Systems. Learn more at harris.com.
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