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[DPRG] local mule?

Subject: [DPRG] local mule?
From: Randy M. Dumse rmd at newmicros.com
Date: Sat Jul 15 16:31:10 CDT 2006

Anybody heard of this work?





Lockheed Martin Missiles and Fire Control experts in Dallas are
developing the Multifunction Utility/Logistics and Equipment
(MULE) UGV. The 2.5-ton MULE includes three variants. Like the
Army mule, one version will haul equipment for two infantry
squads. Another variant will detect and mark land mines.
Finally, the Air Assault MULE will have “teeth,” being armed
with a rapid-fire gun and antitank weapon.

“The MULE is a key component of the FCS system of systems with
its high versatility and unique mobility,” says Gene Holleque,
director of Unmanned Systems at Lockheed Martin Missiles and
Fire Control. “This family of vehicles will increase the
warfighters’ survivability and the efficiency of the total force
by complementing, not replacing, man and manned platform

The MULE/ARV-A(L) provides for future growth through spiral
development and possesses an open architecture. A recent
contract modification increased the number of prototypes being
delivered from 17 to 19, with the first prototypes delivered in
the third quarter of 2010. Deliveries will consist of Transport,
Armed Robotic Vehicle-Assault Light (ARV-A(L)) and Countermine
variants, with final deliveries in spring 2011."

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