General Dynamics Land Systems has confirmed that it has delivered to the U.S. Army an initial shipment of 16 Small Multipurpose Equipment Transport (S-MET) vehicles, which are the first ground robots of their kind in Army history.
Based upon GD’s Multi-Utility Tactical Transport (MUTT), the S-MET is an eight-wheeled UGV (unmanned ground vehicle) that enables robotic technology for the dismounted soldier. It lightens the load as an equipment-carrying “robotic mule” and also provides built-in flexibility for a wide variety of combat, combat support and combat service support functions and payloads.
Featuring a hybrid-electric powertrain, the vehicle provides expeditionary power generation and is operated by a single-hand remote control.
Gordon Stein, vice president and general manager of U.S. operations at General Dynamics Land Systems, stated: “We are proud to deliver this breakthrough unmanned ground vehicle capability. Through our partnership with the Army, General Dynamics Land Systems has remained at the leading edge of robotic combat vehicles that are designed to relieve Soldiers of dull, dirty and dangerous missions now and into the future.”