ReconRobotics Gets $13.9M Order, Its Largest Ever

The Edina-based company said the U.S. Army has ordered 1,100 of its miniature robots worth a total of $13.9 million-making the order the largest in the company's history.

Edina-based ReconRobotics, Inc., announced Wednesday that it has landed a $13.9 million contract with the U.S. Army.

The order-which includes 1,100 Recon Scout XT micro-robot kits from the U.S. Army Rapid Equipping Force-is the largest in the company's history. It is also the largest micro-robot order ever issued by the U.S. Army in terms of the number of units, according to ReconRobotics.

The Recon Scout XT is a mobile reconnaissance device that can transmit real-time video of its surroundings back to its operator. It can be directed to quietly move through areas that are considered too dangerous for troops and can be used to inspect a potential explosive device.

“Although these 1.2-pound robots are exceptionally small, they will play a big role in providing our war-fighters with increased situational awareness and standoff distance as they conduct operations in active combat theaters,” Ernest Langdon, director of military programs for ReconRobotics, said in a statement.

The company has sold 1,800 Recon Scouts to the Army over the past six months, including units from this most recent order.

In addition to the $13.9 million robot order, the Army also bought accessories totaling nearly $1 million from ReconRobotics. The company said that it expects to complete deliveries by the end of May.

In addition to the Recon Scout, ReconRobotics also develops several other miniature robots for military and police reconnaissance work. The company was formed in 2006 to commercialize robotics technology developed at the University of Minnesota Distributed Robotics Laboratory in Minneapolis.