Three industry leaders – Anduril Industries, Hanwha Defense USA, and Forterra – announced on February 29th a collaborative effort to develop an uncrewed ground vehicle (UGV) for the US Army’s S-MET Increment II program. This partnership leverages expertise in software, hardware, and autonomy, aiming to equip soldiers with enhanced logistical capabilities and improved battlefield efficiency.

Strategic Alliance for the Future of Warfare

In a bold move with the brass buzzing and grunts nodding in approval, a trio of tech heavyweights have locked arms to give the US Army’s gear-hauling game a next-level boost.

We’re talking about the S-MET Increment II program, a leap forward that’s about making sure our boots on the ground have the edge they need when the metal meets the mud.

The heart of this deal is hooking up Hanwha’s beastly Arion-SMET platform with Anduril’s brainy mission software.

It’s a classic case of muscle meeting smarts: Hanwha’s got the hardware that can take a beating, and Anduril’s got the software savvy that makes the tech sing.

Throw Forterra’s AutoDrive into the mix to make these unmanned ground vehicles (UGVs) smart enough to navigate any hellhole we throw at them, and you’ve got a setup that’s as tough and adaptable as they come.

Hanwha Aerospace’s Arion-SMET UGV (Image grab via X)

The Arion-SMET: A Proven Battlefield Workhorse

The Arion-SMET, a platform that’s already chewed up terrain and spit it out in Pentagon tests, boasts specs that would make any gearhead salute: a carry weight of 121 pounds (55 kilograms), able to cover 62 miles (100 kilometers) without batting an eye, and with a top speed that’ll keep pace with a brisk jog.

With the Army looking to roll out 2,000 of these bad boys, it’s clear they’re not just window shopping—they’re investing in the kind of support that can change the game for our ground forces.