14 10 / 2011


The all-terrain vehicle was on display here during an annual meeting and arms bazaar of the Association of the United States Army, held in Washington this week.Lockheed spent more than $20 million of its own funds to develop the system, dubbed Ox after the beasts that helped lug previous- generation troops’ loads.Five years in the works, the unit is controlled by a touch-screen computer that include as “come-to-me” button. Using laser radar, it can also follow a given soldier or carry out point-to-point missions.The goal is to sell for less than $250,000 per unit, said Don Nimblett, the company’s top business development manager for the project.Lockheed foresees a potential U.S. military market of nearly $2 billion over the next 20 years, including 3,000 to 5,000 vehicles for the Army, he said.Future applications may include providing security for borders and oilfields as well as firefighting and dangerous industrial applications, the company said.

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