iRobot to deliver rugged, throwable FirstLook robot to Army

The Army has awarded a $14.4 million contract to iRobot to furnish a rugged, throwable robot designed for combat missions and special operations.

Under the contract, the company will deliver the FirstLook robot system, spare part kits and robotic accessories, DOD said.

The FirstLook robotic system is designed to give soldiers immediate situational awareness and persistent observation for up to six hours, according to the company.

The robot weighs about five pounds and is 10 inches long, 9 inches wide, and 4 inches tall. Because of its small size, it is well suited to investigate confined spaces. 

The robot uses infrared illumination to enhance low light and no light operations.

The FirstLook Robot is designed for a wide range of missions, such as building clearing, raids and other close-in situations, according to the company.

The company will perform the work, which is scheduled to be completed by August 20, in Bedford, Mass, the DOD said.


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