Small Robotic Mule, Other Unmanned Ground Systems on the Horizon


The Army plans to award a contract in June 2020 to produce hundreds of robotic mules that will help light infantry units carry gear. The S-MET was tested last year by two infantry brigades. The 6-month assessment included 80 systems from four vendors that were evaluated during home-station training and rotations to the Joint Readiness Training Center at Fort Polk, LA (courtesy photo).

Posted: June 10, 2020

FORT MEADE, MD — The Army plans to award a contract this month to produce hundreds of robotic mules that will help light infantry units carry gear, a product manager said last week, as part of a line of unmanned ground systems the service is developing.

The Small Multipurpose Equipment Transport, or S-MET, was tested last year by two infantry brigades from the 10th Mountain Division and 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault).