Teledyne FLIR Defense, part of Teledyne Technologies Incorporated, has announced that it is completing deliveries of 127 PackBot 525 Unmanned Ground Vehicles (UGVs) to the German Army. Final shipments are expected in July. Contract award and deliveries were facilitated through Teledyne FLIR’s partner, European Logistic Partners (ELP), based in Wuppertal, Germany.
According to Teledyne FLIR, the PackBot 525 is the most advanced model of the company’s signature ground robot, used by US and international defence forces since 2001. Deployed in combat zones including Afghanistan and Iraq, the 27 kg PackBot has been used for tasks, such as bomb disposal, close-in surveillance, and situations involving hostages or hazardous materials.
Employed in 57 countries, PackBots have helped defeat more than 70,000 IEDs, the company emphasises. The UGV offers communications, a tablet-based controller, and a common architecture that allows users to connect cameras and other attachments to suit different mission needs. PackBot accepts a variety of sensors to detect chemical, biological and nerve agents, radiation levels, and explosives.
Mission Next-Level Weapon Stabilisation – Tailor-Made Meets ModularIn the development and production of military vehicles, time is not only money, but also relative. Years pass from the idea to the first deployment. In turn, vehicles are in service for decades before they need repairs and upgrades.