U.S. military advisors could be taking a self-driving pack mule back to Afghanistan with them on their next deployment.
The Small Multipurpose Equipment Transport (SMET), a semi-autonomous supply vehicle, interested commander of the 1st Security Assistance Brigade, Brig. Gen. Scott Jackson, the head of Army Futures Command Gen. John Murray told reporters on Thursday.
A SMET can carry up to 1,000 pounds of equipment for 60 miles in 72 hours, which could greatly reduce the burden of the gear and supplies that soldiers have to carry. It can also maneuver off-road, as to follow soldiers wherever they may need it to. It will be able to charge different devices soldiers need, generating up to three kilowatts of power.
The four prototypes of the vehicle being tested all use a hand-held remote for soldiers to control the vehicle.
Soldiers with the 101st Airborne and 10th Mountain divisions have been testing it over the last few months, Murray said. Sgt. Nathaniel Packard with the 1st Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division, said in a video released by the Pentagon that the vehicle is "very quiet when it was in stealth mode, you can't hear it 30-40 feet away."
After seeing one in action, Jackson is "interested in potentially taking that with him on their next mission."
The 1st SFAB returned from a nine-month deployment to Afghanistan in November. Murray told reporters on Thursday that while Army Futures Command will be "happy" to help provide commanders with certain capabilities that they need, he isn't going to "force anything on a unit or soldiers that they don't want."
Lest we forget, however, that where there is technology in the hands of soldiers, there is the possibility of those soldiers having to pause and perform maintenance on said technology.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Defense Secretary Mark Esper said on Friday that no U.S. troops will take part in enforcing the so-called safe zone in northern Syria and the United States "is continuing our deliberate withdrawal from northeastern Syria."
Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan earlier on Friday said Turkey will set up a dozen observation posts across northeast Syria, insisting that a planned "safe zone" will extend much further than U.S. officials said was covered under a fragile ceasefire deal.
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CEYLANPINAR, Turkey (Reuters) - Shelling could be heard at the Syrian-Turkish border on Friday morning despite a five-day ceasefire agreed between Turkey and the United States, and Washington said the deal covered only a small part of the territory Ankara aims to seize.
Reuters journalists at the border heard machine-gun fire and shelling and saw smoke rising from the Syrian border battlefield city of Ras al Ain, although the sounds of fighting had subsided by mid-morning.
The truce, announced on Thursday by U.S. Vice President Mike Pence after talks in Ankara with Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan, sets out a five-day pause to let the Kurdish-led SDF militia withdraw from an area controlled by Turkish forces.
The SDF said air and artillery attacks continued to target its positions and civilian targets in Ral al Ain.
"Turkey is violating the ceasefire agreement by continuing to attack the town since last night," SDF spokesman Mustafa Bali tweeted.
The Kurdish-led administration in the area said Turkish truce violations in Ras al Ain had caused casualties, without giving details.