Pentagon orders 200 small tactical robots from Israeli company

Pentagon orders 200 small tactical robots from Israeli company


Roboteam, an Israeli platform developer that makes robots for military and security missions, announced that it has received an order for more than 200 Micro Tactical Ground Robots (MTGR) from the U.S. Marine Corps, as demand for small tactical vehicles on the battlefield grows.

A lightweight, highly maneuverable unmanned system, the MTGR is designed to perform tasks that existing ground vehicles cannot, such as climbing stairs and navigating tight spaces.

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The MTGR is designed to perform tasks that are not possible with existing ground vehicles.

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“Whether deployed for explosive ordnance disposal (EOD) missions, special operations or tactical maneuvering, the MTGR’s unmatched performance and adaptability ensures an advantage in avoiding and overcoming challenges in the field,” the roboteam said in a statement.

The purchase order was received through cooperation with Roboteam’s US partner, Mistral Inc. According to a press release, the Israeli company will initially supply 130 units, as well as spare parts and maintenance services.

“We are honored that the U.S. Marine Corps selected MTGR to enhance their arsenal of combat engineered robots. Selected by Tier-1 customers around the world, our unmanned platforms enable defense forces to efficiently execute missions while keeping soldier safety their number one priority,” said Matan Silvi, CEO of Roboteam.

MTGR weighs 33 pounds, making it the second lightest robot in Roboteam’s fleet. The robot has tracks and a manipulator arm for investigating objects, as well as advanced communications and optics. Its modular design allows users to add their own payloads.

The system measures 17.9 inches long, 14.5 inches wide, and 5.7 inches tall. It can carry up to 22 pounds, climb stairs at a 45-degree angle, and overcome obstacles up to 14 inches high. It operates in a temperature range of -4°F to 140°F and can run for 2 to 4 hours on its double battery pack.

With advanced imaging and sensing capabilities, it offers 360° video capture from up to eight cameras, 10x optical zoom, day and night lighting (white and 360° near infrared), a sensor tilt range of -20° to 90°, and voice communication via a 3.5mm jack on the controller.

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The MTGR has tracks and a manipulator arm for investigating objects, as well as advanced communications and optical capabilities.

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This marks Roboteam’s second contract with the Pentagon. Previously, the U.S. Air Force acquired hundreds of MTGR systems as part of a $25 million contract. For the Marine Corps contract, the company said it will deliver a customized version of the MTGR.

“We customized the MTGR to meet the Marine Corps’ operational needs, enabling them to improve their day-to-day operational capabilities while maintaining unmatched battlefield advantage,” Silvi said.