US Army close to awarding new contract for robotic mule to carry gear for grunts

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The Army’s Small Multipurpose Equipment Transport (SMET), a remote-controlled robotic mule is capable of carrying up to 1,000 pounds of ammunition, water and other combat necessities. In its second attempt, the U.S. Army had plans in June 2020 to award a contract this month for an unmanned ground vehicle designed to carry ammunition, water and other combat necessities in an effort to lighten the load grunts carry into battle. The Army initially awarded a $162 million contract to General Dynamics Land Systems last November to produce the service’s Small Multipurpose Equipment Transport (S-MET), only to have a competitor protest lead to the cancellation of the contract late last year.

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