This Is Russia’s Unmanned Armed Combat Robot Fleet

Russia’s Unmanned Armed Combat Robot 1 photo
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Whether it is or not connected to what's currently going on in Ukraine, one thing is certain, neither of the parties involved will stop from pushing the weaponry development forward. And since the unmanned vehicles are the new trend, Russia is also planning to build its own fleet of remote-controlled ground robots that will be used in mine clearing missions.
We’re looking at unmanned tracked robots with a weapon station on top that are currently being tested in the ex soviet country and that will eventually be used by their Strategic Missile Forces. The vehicles have been on trial last month in Russia’s Astrkhan region and according to Major Dmitry Andreyev, a representative of the Defense Ministry’s Strategic Missile Forces, preparation for the testing is in its final stage.

Reports are that the testing is part of an initiative to deploy robots to protect the Defense Ministry’s intercontinental ballistic missile launch sites by 2020, a plan announced by the Russian official last summer.

The robots weigh 900 kilograms, wield a 12.7 mm machine gun and are able to reach up to 45 km/h. It appears the vehicles can function for a maximum of 10 hours at one trial, but can remain operational in strand-by mode for up to one week.

The unmanned ground vehicle is the land-based counterpart to UAVs and is also remotely operated. Think of these puppies as the future’s unmanned army that will be as efficient as the current heavy military ground vehicles are only that they don’t need any men onboard to function properly. Is this scary? Of course. But we’ll keep hoping there’s no war coming and this heavy weaponry is just to show off.

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