Robotic Vehicle Program Will Test Army’s Acquisition Agility


By Jon Harper

The Army’s squad multi-purpose equipment transport program is about to enter a new phase, and will soon test the service’s ability to rapidly acquire new platforms.

The aim of the SMET project is to field robotic vehicles that can carry dismounted soldiers’ gear and lighten their load. Following testing of industry offerings at Fort Benning, Georgia, last fall, the Army downselected to four vendors: General Dynamics Land Systems, HDT Global; Howe and Howe Technologies; and a Polaris-ARA-Neya Systems team.


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