“Robotics Market Sees Lift as DoD Shifts to Longer-term Programs”

Washington Technology | 7/10/2018 | By Ross Wilkers

… According to federal market intelligence firm Govini, unmanned ground vehicle spending totaled almost $1.6 billion for fiscal year 2017 in a reversal from a six-year low of $681.8 million for FY 2014 …

Sean Bielat, CEO of unmanned ground vehicle maker Endeavor Robotics, defined the initial bow wave of ground robot procurements as when the military was “very rapidly acquiring the latest and greatest” for missions to diffuse roadside bombs and other asymmetrical threats …

“That’s all changed with these programs of record,” Beilat said. “Now you have large teams working on the government side to try to procure the best robots for the job and ensure that once they are procured, that they’ll be able to maintain them, support them, upgrade them and do all the things to ensure that they have the right solution for not just today but the next 10-to-15 years.”

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