HDT Global Hunter WOLF selected for US Army SMET program Phase II
HDT Global (HDT), a leading provider of highly engineered solutions for extreme environments across military, public and private sectors, announced today its Wheeled Offload Logistics Follower (WOLF) robotic system has been awarded a Phase II Squad Multipurpose Equipment Transport Program contract. The HDT Hunter WOLF UGV ( Unmanned Ground Vehicle ) closely matches infantry mobility and can traverse narrow trails, steep slopes and dense jungles, while carrying up to 1000 lbs. of cargo for more than 72 hours without resupply.
The HDT Hunter WOLF - Wheeled Offload Logistics Follower - robotic system showcased at AUSA 2017
US Army selected four companies for Phase II of the SMET (Squad Multipurpose Equipment Transport) program : General Dynamics Land Systems, HDT Global, Expeditionary Systems, Howe & Howe and Polaris Defense with Applied Research Associates. Each company will build 20 systems for evaluation.
Under development since 2012 to meet the requirements for the Army SMET Program, the HDT Hunter WOLF has undergone extensive evaluations and trials, including the most recent SMET Phase I evaluation. The HDT Hunter WOLF system completed the required 60-mile endurance trial in 23 hours, nearly six hours faster than the closest competitor! The system's successful performance demonstrates that the HDT Hunter WOLF is a force multiplier that not only supports the infantry mission, but actually provides soldiers with enhanced capability to travel further and arrive less fatigued.
"HDT Global is excited that our HDT Hunter WOLF robotic system, the ultimate SMET solution, is advancing to Phase II of the SMET Program. 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.
"We are extremely proud of the tireless commitment and dedication our technical team has shown throughout HDT Hunter WOLF development. The system's unparalleled performance during Phase I trials were a testament to their work. The benefit, should we continue to succeed through the SMET selection process, will be to the warfighters who desperately need these systems in the field as soon as possible," added Dr. Tom Van Doren, Vice President of HDT Global Blade Works. HDT's Blade Works organization is comprised of more than 60 engineers, scientists, and technicians focused on expeditionary capability (reduced cube, weight, deployment time and increased power, durability and ruggedness), designing and developing new ways to solve the challenges warfighters face in remote, austere locations.
The HDT Hunter WOLF features a JP-8/electric hybrid powertrain enabling the vehicle's "silent drive" and "silent watch" capability. The system's modular architecture and full compliance with the Army's interoperability protocols makes the vehicle easy to adapt to mission requirements with a wide variety of mission specific kits while reducing life cycle costs.
The HDT Hunter WOLF key features:
carries 1000 lb for more than 100 miles with internal fuel
6 electrically driven wheels, skid steer
130 peak horsepower
Climbs 70% grades
14 mph top speed
Can be towed at 50 mph
20 kW onboard generator means never stopping to recharge drive batteries
3 kW power offload