Report: Army Issues New RFP for $249M SMET Robotic Vehicle Production IDIQ

Jeff Brody

The U.S. Army launched a solicitation for a potential five-year, $249M contract to develop a ground-based small multipurpose equipment transport robotic vehicle, Defense News reported Tuesday.

General Dynamics (NYSE: GD), Textron’s (NYSE: TXT) Howe & Howe subsidiary, HDT Expeditionary Systems and a team of Applied Research Associates and Polaris Defense were the four finalists in the original SMET competition and will have a chance to compete again for the indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract based on the updated evaluation criteria, according to the request for proposals.

General Dynamics’ land systems business won a potential five-year, $162.4M contract in October to build a SMET vehicle for the Army. The service canceled the award in December after one of the competitors filed a protest with the Government Accountability Office.

The Army plans to award the IDIQ contract in May and expects the vehicles to be delivered through October 2024, according to the RFP.

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