The U.S. Army plans to award this month a contract to develop a ground-based small multipurpose equipment transport robotic vehicle, the Military website reported Wednesday.
The service said it intends to field the first unit of 624 SMET vehicles in the second quarter of fiscal year 2021 and expects to complete the deployment by 2024.
Soldiers from the 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) and the 10th Mountain Division tested the vehicle prototypes in 2019. The SMET prototypes traveled over 60 miles carrying payloads of up to 1K pounds for three days during the demonstration.
Army officials told the publication the service allowed the original bidders – General Dynamics, Textron’s Howe and Howe Technologies subsidiary, HDT Global and a team of Applied Research Associates, Polaris Industries and Neya Systems – to compete for the new contract.