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"Swat robot" was set to be unveiled in Boston this week

SANFORD, Maine (AP) — A Maine company that's developed high-tech tanks for the military and Hollywood has a new contraption — a ballistic police shield that sits atop a miniature, remote-controlled tank-like vehicle made to protect first responders.

Twin brothers Mike and Geoff Howe said Thursday the "SWAT robot" keeps SWAT teams and other first responders safe while approaching buildings during potentially dangerous standoffs or confronting armed suspects. It also can shield police and the public from explosive devices, like the ones set off Monday during the Boston Marathon, killing three people and injuring more than 170.

The company, Howe and Howe Technologies Inc. of Waterboro, developed the machine with Massachusetts State Police. It was going to be unveiled in Boston this week, but after the bombings, it was introduced instead at the Sanford Police Department on Thursday.


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