Tuesday, September 21, 2021

HDT Global to deliver unmanned ground vehicles for U.S. Army evaluation

The armed variant of the Hunter multi-utility tactical transport vehicle developed by HDT Global (HDT) took part in displays during Urban Advanced Naval Exercise 2018 (ANTX18) at Camp Pendleton, California, March 19, 2018. 

The Hunter is an unmanned ground vehicle (UGV) assisting dismounted troops with equipment transport. The Hunter UGV provides increased persistence, protection and projection. As a controllerless, small-unit robotic follower, it lightens the load throughout the gamut of combat operations. HDT offers its new UGV for Squad Multipurpose Equipment Transport (SMET) programme for the U.S. Army. The 20 new HDT’s wheeled unmanned ground vehicle will build for Army evaluation.

The Hunter UGV can traverse narrow trails, steep slopes, and dense jungles. Using only internal fuel, the vehicle has a 100 km(60 mile) range and 72 hour endurance. The vehicle’s JP-8 / electric hybrid powertrain provides both a “silent drive” and “silent watch” capability. The UGV has a modular architecture and full compliance with the Army’s interoperability protocols makes the vehicle easy to upgrade, using a wide variety of missions kits, and keeps life cycle costs low.


The bases mission kits include:

– Remote weapon station firing M240B, M134, and M2
– Flail and mine roller (won JIEDDO Dismounted Route Clearance Competition)
– Lightweight Expeditionary Bridge, spans 36 feet, deploys in 25 minutes
– Backhoe / Loader kit
– Follow-Me kit, works in GPS-denied environments
– Dual stretcher mounts for CASEVAC

According to the company, the U.S. Army has selected four companies to move to the second phase of the Squad, Multipurpose Equipment Transport (SMET), to develop an unmanned ground vehicle assisting dismounted troops with equipment transport.

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The teams selected for Phase II include General Dynamics Land Systems (GDLS), HDT Global (HDT) Expeditionary Systems, Howe & Howe and a team of Polaris Defense and Applied Research Associates. Each team will build 20 UGVs for Army evaluation. The selection followed a demonstration of robotic logistics technologies at Fort Benning, Georgia.

“ For years, HDT has been a leader in innovative robotic solutions. The HDT Hunter WOLF is an example of our continued research and development dedicated to creating solutions that solve the challenges our warfighters face and to providing proven solutions for extreme environments,” said Sean Bond, HDT Global President and CEO.


–  Payload 450 kg
–  Range 100 km
–  Endurance, unrefueled 72 hours
–  Transportability UH-60 internal and slung, CH-47 (up to six internally), V-22 (up to three internally)
–  Tow speed, using standard military tow bar 80 kph
–  Power export 3 kW stationary, 1 kW moving
–  L x W x H 90″ x 55″ x 46″ 230 x 140 x 117 cm
–  Curb weight 1,100 kg
–  Slopes: climb / descend and side slopes 30°
–  Water fording 24 in 60 cm
–  Turning diameter, pivot turn 9 ft 3 m
–  Speed 20 mph 32 kph

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