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Jul 18, 2016

MILITARY TRUCKS * UK: Self-driving - ** USA: Modifying commercial ones

* UK - Self-driving ‘drone’ trucks trialed by British army to supply frontlines
--- Unmanned military trucks will be trialed by the UK military as early as 2017 with the aim of resupplying troops engaged in operations without risking drivers... Trials of the autonomous vehicles will begin next year. The innovation is thought to have been initiated because of the substantial loss of life among military drivers due to roadside bombs in Iraq and Afghanistan... The Ministry of Defence (MoD), along with the US Department of Defense (DoD), will ask arms companies to compete for contracts from September 2016, with testing scheduled to start in the US in October... Provisional testing along similar lines has already taken place. The US demonstrated in 2014 that prototypes of unmanned cargo vehicles could negotiate hazardous conditions during a trial... The UK will announce its own automated delivery system program on Thursday at the Farnborough Air Show – the annual centerpiece of the UK arms trade calendar... 
(Photo by Jason Cohn / Reuters) -- London, EN, UK - RT - 14 Jul, 2016 


* DC - Battelle to up-armor Special Forces trucks 

--- Battelle Memorial Institute has received a contract to modify commercial trucks and SUVs for the U.S. Special Operations Command... The indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity, firm-fixed-price and cost-plus-fixed-fee deal spans seven years. Its estimated worth is $170 million... The contract involves modifying commercial trucks and SUVs, retaining the original equipment manufacturer's profile while supporting the integration of armor, heavy-duty suspension and brakes, run flat tires and wheels, and communication equipment... The contract will be funded at the delivery order level with procurement appropriation... Most work will be performed in Ohio, with an estimated completion date of July 2023... Special Operations Command is the contracting activity... 
Washington, DC, USA - UPI, by by Geoff Ziezulewicz - July 14, 2016

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