Posted September 23, 2018 11:23:31 A new military aluminum pickup is headed to the US Air Force, and the Air Force says it’s part of the effort to develop a new class of lightweight, modular, and rugged vehicles.
The Army and Marine Corps will develop the vehicles for the new military fleet.
The vehicles, which are currently in the research and development phase, are being dubbed “Aluminum Utility Tractors,” a name inspired by the military utility trailers, or AUTs, used by the Army in the 1960s.
The military has developed other lightweight, versatile and modular vehicles, including a fleet of light tanks that were designed to be transported on the ground, but the military has not developed a vehicle capable of transporting troops and equipment.
The military plans to test the vehicles on the Army’s Aberdeen Proving Ground in Maryland, with a test pilot scheduled to start work in 2019, according to a Pentagon press release.
The AUT is a lightweight and rugged platform that can be used for both transport and defense purposes.
The vehicles are built to withstand a wide variety of conditions and are designed to carry large payloads and payloads of troops and supplies.
The AUT also is a flexible platform that adapts to various terrain conditions.
The U.S. military has built several AUT vehicles, but they are mostly used for transport purposes and have proven to be difficult to maintain.