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AUSA 2016: Army to lease robot mules

26th September 2016 - 12:00 GMT | by Grant Turnbull in London

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The US Army may expedite its plans to field so-called ‘robotic mules’ – or unmanned ground vehicles (UGVs) – that can carry soldier’s equipment on the battlefield, potentially through leasing agreements with industry.

According to industry sources, the service is looking at several ways it can acquire load-carrying robots for longer-term testing and evaluation, with the ultimate aim of better understanding how to use the nascent capability in warzones.

This summer, the army tested several UGVs in a load-carrying capacity as part of a two-week exercise known as the Pacific Manned-Unmanned Initiative (PACMAN-I) in Hawaii. It was the third such

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Grant Turnbull

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Grant Turnbull was the editor of Land Warfare International and Digital Battlespace magazines with Shephard …

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