Plug-and-Play Sensor Kit adds to robot in-field versatility.

Press Release Summary:

Modular CBRNE (chemical, biological, radiological, nuclear, explosive) kit is available to supplement new or existing GEN IV TALON robots. CBRNE/Hazmat TALON includes sensors for radiation, nerve agents, excessive temperatures, explosives, TNT, and volatile gases. Plug-and-play modularity promotes application adaptability and versatility. Heavy-duty shoulder and gripper are also available, enhancing robot's ability to lift debris off roadside bombs and carry mine detector.

Original Press Release:

Add-On CBRNE Kit Now Available for TALON® GEN IV

MCLEAN, Va., March 24 -- QinetiQ North America's Technology Solutions Group announced today that its new, modular CBRNE (chemical, biological, radiological, nuclear, explosive) kit is available and can be purchased as an addition to new or existing models of the GEN IV TALON robot. This latest modular capability from the makers of the widely used TALON family of robots is on display at the NDIA Ground Robotics Capabilities Conference in Dallas, Tex., this week in booth 502.

CBRNE/Hazmat TALON includes sensors for radiation, nerve agents, excessive temperatures, explosives, TNT, and volatile gases.

The CBRNE module is the latest in a series of "plug and play" capabilities being developed for the TALON family of robots to make them more adaptable, affordable, versatile, and cost-effective to deploy. Last December, QinetiQ North America announced an add-on heavy-duty shoulder and gripper for the TALON GEN IV, enhancing the robot's ability to lift heavy debris off of roadside bombs and making it strong enough to carry a mine detector.

"I think one of the reasons that TALON is the most popular robot in-theater today is the fact our team listens to the warfighters and creates capabilities based on their feedback," Dr. William Ribich, President of the Technology Solutions Group observed. "The CBRNE/Hazmat kit is just the latest in a series of new modules we plan for our TALONs."

Since their initial deployment in 2000, the QinetiQ North America family of robots has expanded to include small, medium and large unmanned vehicles devoted to specific tasks, such as IED defeat, reconnaissance, combat engineering support and SWAT/MP unit assistance. More than 2,500 TALON robots are currently deployed with the U.S. military -- far surpassing any other military-use robot.

About QinetiQ North America

QinetiQ North America delivers world-class technology and responsive solutions to government agencies and commercial customers for many of their most urgent and complex challenges. QinetiQ North America is an independent, innovative technology provider that earns over a billion dollars in revenue operating with small company speed and agility while leveraging significant global resources. More than 6,000 QinetiQ North America engineers, scientists and other professionals have the mission knowledge and proven, reliable performance to meet the rapidly changing demands of national defense, homeland security and information assurance customers. For more information, please visit

About Technology Solutions Group

QinetiQ North America's Technology Solutions Group, headquartered in Waltham, MA, includes the businesses of Foster-Miller, Inc., and its subsidiaries Planning Systems Incorporated, Automatika, Applied Perception, Spectro, Inc., and the research and development activities of Apogen Technologies, Inc. It is a technology and product development group with an international reputation for delivering innovative products and systems that perform under the most demanding conditions.

CONTACT: Cindy Black for QinetiQ North America Technology Solutions Group, +1-781-684-4093,; or Matt Warnock of QinetiQ North America, +1-703-752-6528, or +1-703-853-5511,

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