February 08, 2016

Russia making small robotic tank to support special operation forces

Russia is making a small robotic tank called the Uran-9. It will provide fire support to special operations forces and conduct reconnaissance.

It is unmanned combat ground vehicle (UCGV) being developed and produced by Rostec for the international market.

The Uran-9 is designed to provide remote reconnaissance and fire support to combined arms, recon and counter-terror units. It consists of two recon and fire support robots, a tractor for their transportation and a mobile control post.

The armament of the recon and fire support robots includes the 30mm 2A72 automatic cannon, a coaxial 7.62mm machine gun and Ataka ATGMs.

The Uran-9 also has M120 Ataka anti-tank guided missiles. The inclusion of the Ataka missiles gives the small robot the capability to engage and destroy the most modern battle tanks from ranges as great as 8,000 meters.

The robots are fitted with a laser warning system and target detection, identification and tracking equipment.

The Uran-9 will be particularly useful during local military and counter-terror operations, including those in cities. Its use will significantly reduce personnel casualties.

SOURCES - Wikipedia, National Interest, Defence Blog

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