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January 2, 2019

Army looking for a few good robots

  • The Army's immediate plans alone envision a new fleet of 5,000 ground robots of varying sizes and levels of autonomy.
  • By MATT O'BRIEN
    AP Technology Writer

    CHELMSFORD, Mass. — The Army is looking for a few good robots. Not to fight — not yet, at least — but to help the men and women who do.

    These robots aren't taking up arms, but the companies making them have waged a different kind of battle. At stake is a contract worth almost half a billion dollars for 3,000 backpack-sized robots that can defuse bombs and scout enemy positions. Competition for the work has spilled over into Congress and federal court.


     
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