FLIR Systems, a 2018 ‘ASTORS’ Homeland Security Awards Winner recognized in three consecutive ‘ASTORS’ Homeland Security Awards Programs to date, has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire Endeavor Robotic Holdings for $385 million in cash.
Endeavor Robotics was carved out by Arlington Capital in 2016 and has since become the leading independent provider of battle-tested, ground-based robotic systems and tactical unmanned ground vehicles (UGVs) for the United States (US) Department of Defense (DoD), allied militaries, industrial and utility customers, as well as public safety, and critical infrastructure markets.
(On the modern battlefield, Endeavor’s robots work right alongside the warfighter to extend their abilities. To see, to hear, to sense, to touch. To help them complete the mission and return safely. Courtesy of Endeavor Robotics and YouTube. Posted on Jan 23, 2019.)
Endeavor’s highly-mobile and easy to operate ground robots utilize advanced sensing and actuation in providing explosive ordnance disposal (EOD), reconnaissance, inspection, and hazardous materials (HAZMAT) support for troops, police, and industrial users at stand-off range.
FLIR has significantly expanded its unmanned systems capabilities, which includes the recent acquisition of Aeryon Labs.
Based outside Boston and formerly known as iRobot Defense & Security, Endeavor has shipped more than 7,000 UGVs to customers which have been deployed in numerous applications, including by police and SWAT teams, by first responders, and at nuclear power and industrial plants.
(See a brief lineup of Endeavor Robotics products performing callouts alongside public safety professionals, from bomb techs to SWAT operators, who use our robots to protect life and property. Courtesy of Endeavor Robotics and YouTube. Posted on Nov 18, 2016.)
Endeavor is one of the largest UGV providers to the US DoD, and a key supplier of unmanned systems for the accelerating modernization of global military and law enforcement operational assets.
Having recently been awarded the US Army’s Man Transportable Robotic System Increment II (MTRS Inc II) contract, Endeavor is a major participant in several programmatic opportunities with the US DoD and its ally militaries worldwide.
“The acquisition of Endeavor Robotics, coupled with previous acquisitions of Aeryon Labs and Prox Dynamics, has positioned FLIR as a leading unmanned solutions provider and advances the strategy we detailed at our Investor Day last year,” explained Jim Cannon, President and CEO of FLIR Systems.
“This acquisition aligns with our evolution from sensors to intelligent sensing and ultimately solutions that save lives and livelihoods.”
“Endeavor’s momentum with the U.S. DoD and other global defense and police forces provides us significant opportunity to participate in long-term franchise programs and will help us create growth for the company.”
The company’s family of UGVs covers a broad spectrum of robot weight classes, from the five-pound throwable FirstLook® reconnaissance robot to the 500-pound Kobra™ heavy-lift robot, and all models are controllable under one common command and control system.
Furthermore, Endeavor’s modular design approach allows for varying payloads and sensor systems to meet the needs of each customer, including imaging and reconnaissance, vehicle and room inspection, bomb disposal, hazardous materials detection and disposal, radiation monitoring, and route clearance.
“Joining forces with FLIR Systems will allow Endeavor to take its life-saving technology to the next level, so we can better serve the warfighter, the police officer, and the first responder who use our robots on the frontlines every day,” said Sean Bielat, CEO of Endeavor.
“We’re excited to be part of a company that sees its strategic growth in unmanned systems and will invest in our products, platforms and people.”
“It is a tremendous fit and we look forward to the mission ahead.”
FLIR Systems Takes Silver in the 2018 ‘ASTORS’ Homeland Security Awards Program
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- FLIR Systems is also a 2017 ‘ASTORS Award Winner
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