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Pentagon Adds to Centaur Inventory

Teledyne inks contract with military for 500 more bomb-disposal robots.

A subsidiary of Teledyne Technologies announced this week an order from the Pentagon for nearly 500 more Centaur robots.

The order received by Teledyne Flir Defense was valued at $62 million. The company is owned by Teledyne Technologies, the Thousand Oaks aerospace, marine and digital-imaging products manufacturer.

Deliveries of the Centaur ground systems are expected to begin to the U.S. Army and Navy in the first quarter of
next year.

The robot is used by explosive ordinance disposal teams to disable unexploded bombs, improvised explosive devices, landmines and other similar dangerous tasks, according to Teledyne.Operators can quickly attach different sensors and payloads to the robot to address other missions, including chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear threats, the release said.

Tom Frost, general manager of unmanned ground systems at Teledyne Flir Defense, said that the Centaur robot has proven itself as one of the most versatile and sought after tactical unmanned ground vehicles to support America’s military.

The Centaur is a medium-sized robot that provides a standoff capability to detect, confirm, identify, and dispose of hazards. Weighing roughly 160 pounds, the robot features an advanced camera suite, a manipulator arm that reaches over six feet, and the ability to climb stairs, Teledyne said.

Mark Madler
Mark Madler
Mark R. Madler covers aviation & aerospace, manufacturing, technology, automotive & transportation, media & entertainment and the Antelope Valley. He joined the company in February 2006. Madler previously worked as a reporter for the Burbank Leader. Before that, he was a reporter for the City News Bureau of Chicago and several daily newspapers in the suburban Chicago area. He has a bachelor’s of science degree in journalism from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign.
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