IRobot Announces Sale of Defense Business to Focus on Consumer Market

Published by , February 22, 2016 1:25 am

(WashingtonPost) IRobot has announced it is ending its run as a defense contractor. The company said it plans to sell its defense and security business to Arlington Capital Partners, a private equity firm in Chevy Chase, Md. The sale allows the $800 million IRobot company to focus on selling vacuums and, more recently, robotic sweepers and mops to consumers.
The maker of the Roomba vacuums has been the largest supplier of ground-based robots to the U.S. Department of Defense.
Before the Roomba, other IRobot devices already were being deployed with U.S. troops. One model could detect land mines. And IRobot’s PackBot – with tank treads and camera atop an extendable metal neck – searched for survivors in the ruins of the World Trade Center after the September 11th attacks.

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