Xtek has announced it has been awarded a $1.7 million contract to supply two explosive ordnance disposal (EOD) robots to a state police force.
The contract is for the supply of one Telerob Telemax robot and one Telerob tEODor robot, which will primarily be used for bomb disposal operations.
The contract includes the option of including a maintenance component.
Xtek said the tEODor is a world-class EOD robot designed to perform all the standard tasks of a bomb disposal engineer, enabling it to replace people in particularly dangerous situations. The Telemax is a smaller version of the tEODor, which enables it to operate in environments where the tEODor cannot be used, such as on aircraft, trains or buses.
The contract with the unnamed state police force is the second EOD contract that Xtek has secured this calendar year following the agreement to supply one ICOR Caliber T5 robot to another Australian police force in January.
Xtek chief executive Philippe Odouard believes this is a growing area for Australia and indeed the world, as various governments – both federal and state – increase spending on homeland security.
"Xtek doesn’t only supply world-leading equipment, we also have the ability to offer value-added solutions, such as upgrading of the tEODor robot or customising a range of equipment to meet local requirements," said Odouard.
"This value-add is an important differentiator for our business as it allows us to further cement our position as the leading provider of EOD and other tactical and security equipment products for defence and law enforcement agencies in Australia.
"Our company has won a number of significant tenders in recent time and we are well placed to win additional contracts off the back of the increase in spending by agencies in the area of homeland security."