Six-wheeled soldier

  • The assault MULE (mockup shown here) can operate autonomously or be remotely controlled, and will probably be armed with antitank missiles and a machine gun.
  • Six-wheeled soldier
Date:31 October 2007 Tags:

The latest in urban warfare – a vehicle that climbs over other vehicles to attack enemies.

It’s a chilling milestone, even for a military robot: Lockheed Martin’s MULE (Multifunction Utility/Logistics and Equipment) has autonomously clambered over a 1,5 m-high obstacle. The Humvee-sized vehicle uses six independently powered wheels and an articulated suspension to navigate rubble-strewn terrain or, as in a recent promo video, to climb bug-like over a car’s bonnet. Three types of MULEs are planned, all intended to dutifully follow dismounted infantry units. A heavily armed 2,2-ton version could be deployed by the US Army by 2013.
– Erik Sofge

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