Robot wins government contract, to hire humans

IRobot Corp., which makes robots used in consumer and military applications, said Tuesday it has a $286 million Army contract for robots that disarm explosives.The company will deliver up to 3,000 robots and spare parts and provide training over the five-year contract. Some of the devices will be used by general infantry forces.

IRobot said the Army is using robots on a wider scale. Previously they were deployed only in limited numbers to explosives experts.

In electronic premarket trading, IRobot shares added $2.57, or 15 percent to $19.76 after closing Monday at $17.19

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