The Defense Logistics Agency Disposition Services, through a long-running program, has made a large quantity of excess and obsolete robotic assets, namely, the iRobot (Endeavor Robotics) unmanned ground vehicle systems available for distribution to State and Local law enforcement agencies. These include the PackBot 500, PackBot FasTac, and XM-1216 SUGV Systems. These Systems were designed, manufactured and delivered to the US Government several years ago and are no longer fully supported.
Endeavor Robotics' current PackBot and SUGV product lines incorporate End-of-Life products redesign, significant software and hardware configuration improvements including new operating systems, processors, accessories and reliability improvements. Due to these advances in technology, very few of the DLA assets are upgradeable to current product status and Endeavor Robotics no longer maintains a full technical, logistical, material or industrial capability to support the obsolete systems made available to you by DLA.
While Endeavor Robotics understands and strongly supports the desire to bring robotic technology to the law enforcement mission, we must be clear that parts and materials for these obsolete systems are scarce and, may no longer be available. We do not take this position lightly; instead, we want to provide potential recipients information about these Systems so that they may make informed decisions.
On April 4, 2016, Arlington Capital Partners (“ACP”), a Washington, DC based private equity firm, managing $2.2 billion of committed capital via four investment funds, successfully completed the acquisition of the Defense & Security business of iRobot Corporation (NASDAQ:IRBT). Currently, the business is operating as Endeavor Robotics. The entire team from the iRobot Defense & Security business as well as the complete product family and all corresponding intellectual property transferred to Endeavor Robotics.