PackBot is provided in several models and configurations
the most rugged configuration, 18kg fully loaded vehicle,
20 cm height, Scout can use sensors hull integrated sensors
which are suitable especially for operations in places where
lightweight and low-profile are required.
This version of the PackBot carries an integrated payload
in a pan-tilt payload which can be elevated to allow peeking
over obstacle or cover. The payload is equipped with multiple
cameras, laser pointer, microphone and other sensors.
is equipped with an OmniReach manipulator system
to allow it to extend over two meters, when examining suspicious
objects on Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) missions. Typical
low profile of this platform allows PackBot to operate effectively
under vehicles or inside sewers.
On January 30,
2007 iRobot and ICx were awarded a $16.58 million order
for the delivery of more than 100 explosive-detection robots.
Initial shipments are expected to be delivered during the first
half of 2007 to U.S. military units deployed in Iraq. The PacBot
500 robots will be equipped with the Fido
explosive-detection technology developed by ICx Technologies.
These sensors detect explosives' vapors emanating from Improvised
Explosive Devices (IEDs).
latest PacBot 510
EOD Model will be available in April 2007. This second-generation
EOD robot was designated to address evolving requirements for
a stronger, faster and easier-to-use robot. Equipped with an
EOD Kit, PackBot 510 is 30 percent faster, can drag larger objects,
lifts twice the weight and has a grip that is three times stronger
than its predecessor. the new robot uses a game-style hand controller
for faster training and easier operation in the field. This
new robot will begin shipping in April 2007. The robot’s
new hand controller is modeled after video game controllers,
making PackBot 510 easier to use, and resulting in less training
time and more rapid operations in the field. In addition, the
advanced track technology significantly increases the robot’s
performance on rough terrain.
At AUSA 2008 iRobot introduced new accessories for the Pacbot 510. Among those was the head-aimed remote viewer (HARV) developed by Chatten Associates. By duplicating the operator's head motions this control mechanism increases the UGV operator's performance by 300-400% demonstrated in tested conducted under DARA and the Army Research Labs studies. The system comprises of a visor embedded with an OLED display and an electronics and power unit. The system can utilize the vehicle's existing communications link.
will use the same propulsion concept for the 10 kg Small
UGV (SUGV) platform for the US Army FCS program, as well
as a 150 kg class Warrior
(formerly NeoMover) heavy battlefield robot.
In October 2006
iRobot launched the Sentinel program, introducing new capabilities
to control multiple robots by a single operator. Sentinel will
coordinate multiple semi-autonomous robots utilizing intelligent
navigation algorithms enabling each of the robots to reach their
designated destination independently, overcoming obstacles without
intervention from an operator. The program is funded by the
U.S. Army’s Small Business Innovation and Research (SBIR)
program. The system will enable operators to send PacBots teams
on surveillance and mapping missions, rapidly covering a wide
At AUSA 2008 iRobot launched its latest family of small UGVs called SUGV300 family of robots. A member of this new family, the SUGV320 is the robot designated for the future FCS mission (SUGV) while other versions are being produced for near term fielding, as part of the first 'Spinout' of the FS program. Among these are the SUGV300 designed as a basic reconnaissance lightweight robot and the SUGV310, designed for dismounted EOD missions. The '300 is the basic platform, without payloads, weighing only 25 lbs (11.3 kg). All the SUGV300 family robots fit into the soldier's backpack (MOLLE) or ALICE packs, and are powered by standard BB-2590/U batteries for more than six hours of operation.
iRobot is producing PacBots for US forces under a $43 million
Naval Sea Systems Command's Man Transportable Robotic System
(MTRS) program. The company produced over 500 PacBots of different
types. On July 28, 2006 iRobot announced an UK MOD order for
30 PacBot EOD robots, for deployment with British Forces in
Iraq and Afghanistan. Under another contract announced in August
2006 iRobot will supply 18 PacBots to the German Bundeswehr.
The initial 18 EOD systems will be delivered in 2006. The Germans
have an option to buy 22 additional robots in 2007.