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The Marine Corps Warfighting Laboratory worked closely with Virginia Tech and TORC to develop the four GUSS vehicles. The GUSS vehicles can carry up to 1,800 pounds and move at the speed of a troop on foot, or about five miles per hour.

The multi-purpose systems are designed to operate on off-road terrain, day or night in all weather conditions, and will support dismounted troops with point-to-point resupply, thereby reducing the loads manually carried by Marines and providing a means for immediate casualty evacuation.

The rapid development and experimentation on the GUSS project was made possible through the use of TORC's product line. This enabled Virginia Tech engineering students to leverage off-the-shelf technologies and focus on system integration challenges. The entire development process was completed in less than a year, with the first prototype delivered for testing in six months. The additional three vehicles were produced in the next five months to be shipped to the RIMPAC exercises.

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By netchicken: posted on 12-7-2010

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