Congress Allocates 2 Million for iRobot to Develop Its Next-Generation Robotic Platform
Rugged Robot Performs Variety of Critical Missions for Combat Troops, SWAT Teams
iRobot Corp today announced that Congress appropriated $2 million to further develop the
company’s Warrior 700, a powerful and rugged robot for use in danger zones and inaccessible
This funding will allow iRobot to expand its product line, which continues to evolve as the need
for unmanned ground vehicles grows worldwide, said Joe Dyer, president of iRobot Government
and Industrial Robots.
Melissa Wagoner, a spokeswoman for Senator Ted Kennedy (D-Mass.), said that projects such
as iRobot’s will enhance Massachusetts’ role as a leader in the defense industry, and added: Our
courageous men and women serving overseas deserve the very best protection our nation can
provide. Sen. Kennedy, Massachusetts’ Sen. John Kerry and Congressman John Tierney
championed the appropriations.
Recognizing the importance of unmanned systems in the reduction of soldier casualties,
Congress increased funding to speed the development of unmanned aerial vehicles and
unmanned ground vehicles as part of the Consolidated Security, Disaster Assistance, and
Continuing Appropriations Act, 2009.
The iRobot Warrior will perform a variety of critical missions, including providing real-time
video, audio and sensor readings to combat troops and local law-enforcement SWAT teams. The
robot will feature an advanced digital architecture and a multi-mission chassis that supports up to
150-pound (68 kg) payloads.
iRobot Warrior’s unique payload-positioning system allows radical changes in the robot’s center
of gravity for unprecedented mobility in rough terrain, while still suitable for use in an urban
environment. The first production units of iRobot Warrior will be available for purchase in the
third quarter of 2009.
iRobot has delivered more than 2,000 PackBot robots that make a difference everyday by
conducting dangerous missions that