Apparently, we’re not the only ones innovating in hauling heavy gear to make the world a better place.
Turns out the Army is ready to award a contract to one lucky defense contractor to produce hundreds of robotic mules that will help ground troops carry ammunition, water and other combat gear in battle. Called Small Multipurpose Equipment Transport (SMET), these battlefield workhorses can haul 1,000 pounds and cover more than 60 miles for three days at a time. They can also generate a spare kilowatt of power while moving and three kilowatts when stationary, so soldiers can also recharge their batteries and other equipment. The Army is hoping that the SMETS will also ease the burden of performing maintenance for squads, platoons and companies.
Boots on the ground. Cargo on the ‘bot. As god intended. Get the full story here