The Ministry of Defence has exercised a £38 million contract option with L3Harris Technologies to provide T7 robotic systems to support domestic explosive ordnance disposal (EOD) missions.

This award is an option to the £55 million contract the MoD awarded L3Harris in 2017 for T7 robotic systems for the military’s overseas EOD missions.

According to the firm, the T7 robot’s interface provides ease of use for operators and simplified command and control. The robot provides operators with increased dexterity and haptic force feedback from the robot arm to the remote-control handgrip.

“Its precision control and dexterity shorten task completion time and improve mission effectiveness, and its rugged track system provides outstanding mobility and maneuverability required for rough terrain, which uniquely positions T7 as a ready-made solution for all large EOD robot requirements around the world.

A variety of attachments enable use of standard-issue sensors, disruptors and tools that support a wide range of missions, including hazardous materials (HAZMAT) and the ability to disable and defeat improvised explosive devices (IEDs) planted inside vehicles.”

The systems will be part of the MoD’s Project STARTER and will help to defeat a wide variety of explosive threats within the U.K., including IEDs and unexploded ordnances (UXO).

According to L3Harris:

“The T7 supports the demanding requirements of domestic deployed missions, including HAZMAT cleanup, EOD, intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR) and special weapons and tactics missions. L3Harris is producing the systems at its Palm Bay, Florida factory and has established a repair depot in Brighton, U.K.”

“This award will bring life-saving technology to U.K. armed forces and reaffirms the importance of highly reliable, precise and easy-to-use robotic systems for EOD operators,” said Ed Zoiss, President, L3Harris Space and Airborne Systems.

“The exercising of this contract option reaffirms that Project STARTER program execution has gone exceptionally well and performance of the T7 systems to date are exceeding the customer’s expectations.”

George has a degree in Cyber Security from Glasgow Caledonian University and has a keen interest in naval and cyber security matters and has appeared on national radio and television to discuss current events. He also works for the NHS. George is on Twitter at @geoallison
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Levi Goldsteinberg
Levi Goldsteinberg
2 years ago

Harland and Wolff have just gone bankrupt. Fantastic work HMG, you’ve almost finished your job of destroying British industry and defence. Hope you’re happy

2 years ago

A long way from the Mk7bs and Mk 8s that I used to look after!

2 years ago

Should be interesting when the T800s finally come on line. Will be a giant leap forward especially when linked with the Skynet Defence Network..