QinetiQ North America Receives Urgent Order for Micro Robots: Dragon Runner 10 Selected for US Joint Urgent Operational Need

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QinetiQ North America today announced that its Dragon Runner 10 (DR10) has been selected by the Joint Improvised Explosive Device Defeat Organization (JIEDDO) in response to a Joint Urgent Operations Needs Statement (JUONS) for lightweight, throwable robots. This order for more than 100 DR10 robots represents the first significant US military procurement of this new class of robot.

QinetiQ North America today announced that its Dragon Runner 10 (DR10) has been selected by the Joint Improvised Explosive Device Defeat Organization (JIEDDO) in response to a Joint Urgent Operations Needs Statement (JUONS) for lightweight, throwable robots. This order for more than 100 DR10 robots represents the first significant US military procurement of this new class of robot.

With multiple cameras and payload options, DR10 is ideal for reconnaissance and surveillance missions to support small military units, patrols and first responder teams. At just over ten pounds, DR10 is small enough to carry in an assault pack and rugged enough to throw into buildings and hostile environments. DR10 can climb stairs, carry significant payloads and maintain effective wireless communication over long distances.

To protect warfighter lives, DR10 is thrown or driven into potentially hostile environments to assess situations remotely, before committing personnel. DR10 provides rapid situational awareness with visual reports back to its operator using day and night sensors. With optional accessories, this modular robot can also carry out other critical missions such as delivering counter-IED charges and remote sensors.

The JIEDDO order includes DR10 robots and spare parts at a contract value of $5.3 million. Initial deliveries were made within four weeks of contract award, and follow-on deliveries will continue into early spring 2012.

Multiple payloads are available, including a variety of sensors, radios, cameras and robotic arms. DR10 can be equipped with either tracked or wheeled mobility options to negotiate various types of terrain. When thrown, DR10 has the ability to automatically flip video images, antennae and controls upon landing. DR10 is 15” long, 13.5” wide and 5.8” tall. For product photos, videos and fact sheets, visit our Facebook page (link below).

QinetiQ North America is a world leader in robotic technology solutions that save lives in defense, security and first responder environments. For more information, please see our website http://www.qinetiq-na.com or follow us on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/qinetiqnarobots or Twitter at http://www.twitter.com/qinetiqnarobots.

About QinetiQ North America
QinetiQ North America (QNA) is a subsidiary of QinetiQ Group plc, the FTSE250 company listed on the London Stock Exchange. Operating in North America, QNA delivers world-class technology, responsive services, and innovative solutions for global markets, focusing on US government and commercial customers. Its engineers, scientists and other professionals deliver high quality products and services that leverage detailed mission knowledge and proven, reliable tools and methodologies to meet the rapidly changing demands of national defense, homeland security and information assurance customers. QNA is headquartered in McLean, Virginia. For more information visit http://www.qinetiq-na.com.

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Jennifer Pickett
QinetiQ North America
Technology Solutions Group
703.480.0715
jennifer.pickett(at)qinetiq-na(dot)com

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