US Army soldiers’ heavy battlefield loads could be dramatically cut after the service picked General Dynamics Land Systems (GDLS) to build its ‘robotic mule’.
In late October the service announced it was awarding GDLS a USD162 million contract to produce the Small Multipurpose Equipment Transport (S-MET) for its Infantry Brigade Combat Teams (IBCTs). The company will produce 624 of its Multi-Utility Tactical Transports under the S-MET deal, with vehicle deliveries beginning in fiscal year 2021 before concluding in October 2024.
“The S-MET programme has focused on meeting the army’s emphasis on enhancing soldier lethality and rapidly fielding modernised capabilities,” Timothy Goddette, the army’s programme executive officer for Combat Support and Combat Service Support, said in a 31 October statement.
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