Published on Army Recognition, January 2018.
This equipment is dedicated to search, detection, analysis & neutralization of IED (Improvised Explosives Devices) or UXO (UneXploded Ordnance). The three partnering companies will supply the first evermade “road, rail & air deployable shelter of EOD & C-IED equipment” so as to provide transportation platform & in-service maintenance workshop for the French Armed Forces – as a unique, interoperable solution to be qualified by the French Defence Procurement Agency.
SMINEX (Acquisition tender for Mobile Intervention Systems for EOD and NEDEX units) is the first project relative to EOD equipment with a global approach in an integrated system to provide a maximum efficiency and resilience during operations.
ECA Group will supply ground robots UGV IGUANA E and provide its expertise in integrated robotic systems to develop and qualify the mobile operations centers in shelters. This new solution will allow the operators to have IGUANA E robot integrated into a wide range of vehicles.
In the framework of this contract for a total amount of over 30 M€, ECA Group was awarded a firm order over a timeframe of 40 months and an amount of over 10 M€ which outcome is the delivery of 15 UGV Counter IED equipped IGUANA E robots. Then, until 2024 and according to needs, the customer can through additional purchase orders up to an amount over 20 M€, be provided with up to 43 complementary UGV IGUANA robots and related equipment and maintain them in operational conditions.
This contract is the first significant sale of the IGUANA E developed by ECA Group during 2015 and 2016. This contract awarded by French Defence Procurement Agency (DGA) is an important reference for ECA Group and its partners.
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