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Northrop to demonstrate CaMEL transport, firepower

Oct. 8, 2013 - 02:58PM   |  
By MICHAEL PECK   |   Comments
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Northrop Grumman’s CaMEL (Carry-all Modular Equipment Landrover) will be demonstrated from Oct. 7-10 at the U.S. Army Maneuver Center of Excellence Robotics Limited Demonstration at Fort Benning, Ga.

A CaMEL carrying infantry squad gear will traverse the Squad-Multipurpose Equipment Transport (S-MET) course, while the Mobile Armed Dismount Support System, an armed CaMEL variant, will conduct wireless live firing. CaMEL can carry 1,000 pounds of equipment at a speed of five miles per hour, or be armed with an Mk19 grenade launcher, M2 machine gun, M240 machine gun, or 25- or 30mm cannon. It is powered by a hybrid diesel-battery engine.

“CaMEL is a multifunction platform that can quickly transform from supporting troops to protecting troops as an armed wingman, increasing the firepower of dismounted platoon and company maneuver units,” said Phil Coker, director of the Integrated Platform Solutions unit at Northrop Grumman’s Information Systems sector, in a company announcement.

“Its hybrid engine allows the armed CaMEL to operate very quietly — a real plus on the battlefield — and travel farther to provide firepower where it’s needed.”

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