BINGEN, Wash., April 13, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Insitu Pacific announced today that the unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) manufacturer and service provider will be the new Australian distributor of iRobot Corporation's (Nasdaq: IRBT) line of unmanned ground vehicles (UGVs). The new relationship will simplify logistics and training for Australian and New Zealand customers seeking to acquire and operate the operationally proven UGVs provided by iRobot's Government and Industrial Robots division. Insitu Pacific will support the growth of iRobot products and services in Australasia by establishing a facility in Brisbane for on-site training, full repair services and inventory storage.
"Delivering advanced unmanned systems capabilities requires the highest standard of industry collaboration," said Insitu Pacific Managing Director Andrew Duggan. "Bringing together Insitu Pacific's proven capability for unmanned systems support with iRobot's advanced range of operationally proven UGVs will provide Australian and New Zealand customers with the potential to leverage a significant operational UGV capability."
In addition to working together on providing local sales and support, iRobot and Insitu Pacific will be collaborating to assess the benefits that can be obtained from UAS and UGV teaming in a range of operational scenarios.
Insitu Pacific has provided unmanned aircraft system services with the combat-proven ScanEagle UAS since 2009. iRobot has delivered approximately 4,000 UGVs to military and civil defence forces worldwide including SUGV, co-developed with The Boeing Company for dismounted mobile operations and infantry missions and iRobot PackBot, one of the most successful battle-tested robots in the world.
"We are excited to be working with Insitu Pacific to help grow iRobot's presence in the region," said Robert Moses, president of iRobot's Government and Industrial Robots division. "The establishment of a training and maintenance facility in Australia is especially important as it will assist us in providing world-class service to the customer."
Insitu Pacific, located in Queensland, Australia, has provided UAS services to defence, civil and commercial interests in the Asia-Pacific region since June 2009. It is a subsidiary of U.S.-based Insitu Inc.
Insitu Inc., located in Bingen, Wash., is a wholly owned subsidiary of The Boeing Company. Insitu designs, develops and manufactures UAS and provides associated services for commercial and military applications. With a small footprint and expeditionary focus for both land and sea operations, the company's family of UAS solutions serves the needs of the global defence community. To date, these systems have accumulated nearly 450,000 combat flight hours and 56,000 sorties. For more information, visit www.insitu.com.
iRobot designs and builds robots that make a difference. The company's home robots help people find smarter ways to clean, and its government and industrial robots protect those in harm's way. iRobot's consumer and military robots feature iRobot Aware™ robot intelligence systems, proprietary technology incorporating advanced concepts in navigation, mobility, manipulation and artificial intelligence. For more information about iRobot, please visit www.irobot.com.
SOURCE Insitu Pacific