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Maine firm’s robot shields SWAT teams

SANFORD, Maine — A ­Waterboro company that has 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 confrontations with 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.

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