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RISE Robotics Awarded $1.7 Million Contract to Modernize United States Air Force Ground Support Equipment

RISE Robotics, the Zero Emission heavy machinery company, announced that it has been selected to receive a $1.7 Million TACFI* (Tactical Funding Increase) by AFVentures to modernize United States Air Force Ground Support Equipment.

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The TACFI significantly contributes to modernizing a critical piece of handling equipment for aircraft munitions, the MHU-083 Jammer, which is an essential enabling component for the USAF to demonstrate strategic deterrence and global reach. Patented RISE Technology delivers a machine capable of unprecedented levels of performance and efficiency for an extensive suite of support vehicles. The award directly supports the Air Force’s need for more efficient, effective, and electrically powered loading equipment.

RISE Robotics CEO, Arron Acosta commented, “We are honored to bring RISE  machine technology to United States Air Force warfighters to modernize the equipment they use to be more available, more efficient, more productive and safe. It is estimated that there are over 2,000 Jammers in service today, which illustrates how important this is to Air Force operations and how significant the business opportunity is for RISE Robotics.”

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RISE Robotics zero emission machines incorporate the patented RISE Cylinder (US Patent 11255416, Patent Pending: WO2019/014259), a fluid-free, electromechanical alternative to hydraulic cylinders for heavy equipment and machinery that addresses the battery-electrification problems inherent in hydraulic systems by delivering hydraulic-like forces at unprecedented efficiency, precision, speed, and weight. RISE Cylinder uses up to 90% less energy than hydraulic cylinders.

Founded in 2011 by graduates of Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and Rhode Island School of Design (RISD), RISE Robotics is a high-growth technology company backed by The Engine, a Tough Tech venture capital fund built by MIT, Greentown Labs, and Techstars.

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