GRIZZLY Small Multi-Purpose Equipment Transport (SMET)
GRIZZLY Small Multi-Purpose Equipment Transport (SMET)

GRIZZLY Small Multi-Purpose Equipment Transport (SMET)


Textron Systems has joined forces with Howe & Howe Technologies to develop and refine an advanced vehicle for the U.S. Army’s Small Multi-Purpose Equipment Transport (SMET) program. By combining Howe & Howe Technologies’ robotic ground vehicle experience with Textron Systems’ expertise in manufacturing and autonomy, the Grizzly is an ideal platform for the U.S. Army’s mission. Developed by Howe & Howe, the Grizzly participated in the 2018 exercise as the RS2H1. Textron acquired Howe & Howe in December 2018. It is a mule-drawn cart in function if not form, a tracked platform built to lighten the loads of the soldiers it accompanies into battle. Sharing Grizzly core technology, the Thermite™ is an innovative, firefighting robot that provides the fire-fighting community with new capabilities.
GRIZZLY Small Multi-Purpose Equipment Transport (SMET)
GRIZZLY Small Multi-Purpose Equipment Transport (SMET)

Grizzly RS2-H1 is a high torque, hybrid diesel-electric drive, tracked vehicle designed to operate in the toughest of terrains while offering unprecedented endurance, reliability and mobility. Grizzly has a zero-turn radius and is capable of maneuvering through complex and confined locations. The modular design of this system and its low-profile base platform allows integration of numerous mission packages including an improvised explosive device defeat rake, counter unmanned aircraft systems, remote weapons systems and “follow-me” autonomous control. Capable of offloading up to 4 kilowatts of power for mission critical equipment, this platform goes above and beyond, providing unmatched versatility and dependability to soldiers where they need it.
GRIZZLY Small Multi-Purpose Equipment Transport (SMET)
GRIZZLY Small Multi-Purpose Equipment Transport (SMET)

For the SMET program, the Army wants a vehicle that can carry about 1,000 pounds worth of soldier equipment — likely lightening the loads of nine soldiers of an infantry squad. In summer 2018, the Army tested multiple robot-wagons by having them transport nine rucksacks, six boxes of MREs and four water cans, or roughly the long-range load for a unit of light infantry. The SMET program wants the robots to be able to travel 60 miles over three days, and it must also be able to provide a spare kilowatt/hour of power while moving, and at least 3 kilowatt/hours while stationary. According to Howe & Howe, the Grizzly performed a 60-mile trek in less than half the time required.
GRIZZLY Small Multi-Purpose Equipment Transport (SMET)
GRIZZLY Small Multi-Purpose Equipment Transport (SMET)
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