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    Canada awards $9.6m in contracts to iRobot

    The 510 PackBot robot.

    IRobot Corp. has agreed to a series of contracts to sell to the Canadian Department of National Defense robots designed to detect chemical, biological, radiological, and nuclear threats, the Bedford company said Monday.

    The initial value of the contracts is $9.6 million, iRobot said. The contracts call for 20 of the company’s PackBot robots to be delivered by April.

    The company makes several kinds of robots. Its military robots can scout battlefields and detect explosive devices without putting soldiers in harm’s way. IRobot also makes robots designed to perform household chores such as vacuuming or washing floors.


    “IRobot is honored to be working with the Canadian DND to meet the challenge of keeping personnel safe when responding to [chemical, biological, radiological, and nuclear] threats,” Frank Wilson, senior vice president of iRobot’s defense and security business unit, said in a statement.

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    According to iRobot, it has delivered more than 5,000 robots to military and civil defense forces worldwide. In 2013, iRobot generated $487 million in revenue.

    Chris Reidy

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