After protest, Army to recompete project to develop robotic mule unmanned ground vehicle (UGV) for infantry

March 3, 2020
Army terminated the program in December, and planned to start over among only the four systems downselected as finalists in the previous competition.

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Army has renewed a competition to acquire unmanned ground vehicle (UGV) for light infantry after leaders canceled a previous award following a protest. Defense News reports. Continue reading original article

The Military & Aerospace Electronics take:

3 March 2020 -- The service posted a new Request for Proposals (RFP) in February, allowing the four finalists in the original ground vehicle competition to recompete for a chance to build the Small Multipurpose Equipment Transport (SMET) ground robotic vehicle.

The General Dynamics Land Systems Multi-Utility Tactical Transport, or MUTT, won the original contract to build SMET at the end of October, but Textron, one of the other three competing companies, filed a protest claiming that GDLS had been allowed to change its vehicle significantly following a soldier evaluation.

Four companies were chosen from a larger pool in 2017 to compete to build the robotic vehicle: GDLS, a Textron offering from its subsidiary Howe & Howe, a team of Applied Research Associates and Polaris Defense, and HDT Expeditionary Systems. Each team built 20 platforms issued to infantry brigade combat teams for testing and analysis.

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John Keller, chief editor
Military & Aerospace Electronics

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