Tel Aviv-based tactical ground robotic system developer Roboteam has won a tender to supply the New Zealand Defense Force (NZDF) with dozens of remotely-controlled robots, the company announced on Wednesday.
While the value of the deal has not been specified, it is estimated to be worth millions of dollars. Roboteam was awarded the bid through its partnership with Trakka Tech, an Australian provider of solutions for critical mission requirements.
Roboteam will supply a family of robots that operate on a wireless mesh network, a communications network based on radio nodes controlled from a single control unit.
The company will equip the NZDF with three robotic products. It will supply its Transportable Interoperable Ground Robot, an 80 kg. robot designed to handle suspicious packages, hazardous materials and gather information, and its Micro Tactical Ground Robot, a 10 kg. mobile robot providing 360-degree peripheral vision and an advanced arm capable of four degrees of freedom.