Lockheed Martin SMSS (OX – Squad Mission Support System)
The SMSS (Squad Mission Support System), also known as the “Ox”, was initially developed as a Lockheed Martin initiative to lighten the load for light infantry Soldiers and Marines. A highly mobile 6×6 unmanned vehicle, the SMSS can carry 1,200 pounds of gear for a 9- to 13-person squad, and it can accompany the squad on many missions through heavy terrain.
The Lockheed Martin Squad Mission Support System, leverages robotic technologies for future robotic weapons systems.
The SMSS will decrease the amount of time a War fighter has to spend in controlling robotic systems by providing vehicles with a greater perception of their surroundings on the battlefield. Combining perception with extraordinary mobility will allow vehicles to follow the War fighter across any terrain, guaranteeing the payload the robotic system is carrying will be available whenever and wherever the War fighter needs it. The SMSS will fill a present need for the Armys combat operations.
This robotics program, funded by Lockheed Martin as an independent research and development project, will provide manned and unmanned transport and logistical support to the Light and Early Entry Forces. The SMSS supervised autonomy will provide the War fighter with a reliable squad-size vehicle which will improve combat readiness, while assuring re-supply channels and casualty evacuations.
The long-term vision of this system can accommodate armed variants, while improving its reconnaissance, intelligence, surveillance and target acquisition (RISTA) capabilities within the concept of supervised autonomy. A squad-size manned or unmanned support vehicle is critical to todays asymmetrical and urban battlefields.
Lockheed Martins experience in unmanned systems is unmatched with proven capabilities across all domains including air, land, sea and space. An integrated systems-of-systems approach allows Lockheed Martin to meet the challenges of network-centric warfare where both manned and unmanned technologies work collaboratively, increasing the affordability of the technology, the efficiency of the total force and ultimately, the success of their missions.