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Maine Company Unveils High-Tech SWAT Team Robot
04/18/2013 01:21 PM ET  

Brothers Michael and Geoff Howe say the "SWAT robot'' keeps SWAT teams and other first responders safe in standoffs and while confronting armed suspects.

SANFORD, Maine (AP) _ A Maine company that's developed manned and unmanned tanks with names like "Ripsaw'' and "Riptide'' for the military and Hollywood filmmakers has come out with a new contraption - a high-tech police shield that sits atop a miniature, remote-controlled tank-like vehicle.

Brothers Michael and Geoff Howe say the "SWAT robot'' keeps SWAT teams and other first responders safe in standoffs and while confronting armed suspects. It can also provide cover from suspected explosive devices, like the ones at Monday's Boston Marathon that killed three and injured more than 170.

Howe and Howe Technologies Inc. developed the machine in collaboration with Massachusetts State Police. It was unveiled Thursday at the Sanford, Maine, Police Department.

The device was supposed to be introduced this week in Boston, but plans changed after Monday's bombings.


 

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