Endeavor Robotics and Leidos Partner for US Navy EOD Robotic System

By Mike Ball / 16 Oct 2016
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US Navy Advanced Explosive Ordnance Disposal Robotic System

Endeavor Robotics and Leidos, Inc. have announced that the two companies have teamed to pursue the upcoming U.S. Navy Advanced Explosive Ordnance Disposal Robotic System (AEODRS) Increment 2 and 3 Program.

“A combined Endeavor Robotics/Leidos team brings together the United States’ most mature and successful ground robotics systems integrator with the nation’s largest enterprise in the federal technology solutions sector to deliver the lowest risk and most capable team for the U.S. Navy. Combining the nimbleness of a 100-person proven robotics systems integrator with the deep resources of a 33,000-person defense systems integrator is a clear win for our government customer and the warfighter,” noted Tom Frost, President of Endeavor Robotics.

David Robbins, Senior Vice President and Operations Manager of Leidos, said, “Our teaming arrangement with Endeavor Robotics leverages the best of both companies’ talents and capabilities, and together we are well positioned to deliver the AEODRS Increments 2 and 3 program on schedule with the lowest possible risk.”

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Endeavor Robotics has delivered more than 6,000 ground robots worldwide. These systems have been delivered in more than 125 customer-driven configurations across 4 unmanned ground vehicle weight classes to aid in a wide variety of tactical missions across military, public safety, and industrial sectors. Endeavor Robotics has integrated more than 140 third party capability modules (CM) throughout their family of robots with a high degree of interoperability. Integrated products include 25 different disruptors, seven CBRNE sensors, six manipulator types, various radios with cybersecurity provisions, firing systems, EO/IR cameras, and X-ray systems, among others.

Endeavor Robotics has also launched an AEODRS Systems Integration Test Bed (STB) facility at its Bedford, Mass. campus, with assistance from Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory and OpenJAUS LLC. Endeavor continues validating its AEODRS integration capabilities using AEODRS CMs from industry partners.

“Our AEODRS STB validates our ability to evaluate CMs and perform functional checkouts as part of the incremental and iterative system integration approach enabled by the U.S. Navy’s open architecture and standardized interfaces. Our experience integrating products across our robot family, along with a deep understanding of the AEODRS architecture, positions us as an extremely low risk Prime System Integrator (PSI) with ground robotics domain expertise on AEODRS Increment 2 and 3. Having multiple PSIs and multiple CM providers within the AEODRS family of systems enables the vision of open architecture unmanned ground systems,” said Frost.

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