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QinetiQ's US Unit Wins Up To $164 Mln U.S. Army Contract For Small Ground Robots

QinetiQ Group plc (QQ.L), a defense, security and aerospace company, announced Friday that its unit QinetiQ North America or QNA has won the competition for the U.S. Army's Common Robotic System-Individual or CRS(I)program. The seven-year Indefinite Delivery Indefinite Quantity or IDIQ contract, valued up to $164 million is for the delivery of small ground robots.

The deal includes a Low Rate Initial Production or LRIP phase worth approximately $20 million over one-to-two years, followed by a series of annual production releases. QNA has been awarded a $4 million initial order as part of the LRIP phase.

On Thursday, responding to a commentary in the press, the company had confirmed that it has been successful in winning the contract for the CRS-I program for the United States Army. QinetiQ then said it would release a fuller statement once customer formalities have been concluded.

The company now said the CRS(I) robot is designed to be back-packable and is equipped with advanced sensors and mission modules for dismounted forces to enhance mission capabilities.

CRS(I) features an interoperability profile compatible open architecture to support a variety of payloads and missions to detect, identify, and counter hazards.

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