Russia Starts Developing Combat Robotic Vehicles

Sputnik; Photo © Sputnik/Alexander Owtscharow02.01.2020 North America
Russia Starts Developing Combat Robotic Vehicles

Russia Starts Developing Combat Robotic Vehicles

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Russia has started work on developing Shturm and Soratnik heavy-and medium-class combat robotic vehicles, Army Commander-in-Chief Army General Oleg Salyukov said last week.

“As of now, experimental design work has started on developing the Shturm and Soratnik heavy-and medium-class robotic vehicles,” he told reporters after the Defense Ministry’s enlarged board meeting in the National Defense Control Center in Moscow, TASS news agency reported.

“The effort to introduce combat robotic vehicles into troops and develop the theory of their combat employment undoubtedly contributes to changing the procedure and the methods for all-arms formations to accomplish their tactical tasks in battle,” the general added.

In 2019, Russia successfully completed the state trials of the latest two modifications of Taifun-K armored vehicles in their 4x4 and 6x6 wheel configurations with a remote-controlled combat module, Salyukov said.

“There are plans to complete the state trials of modern upgraded armored vehicles in the near future and start the serial deliveries of the new T-90M tank and the modernized infantry fighting vehicle,” the Army Chief said.

Russia’s Defense Ministry has signed contracts on the delivery of a pilot batch of the latest Armata tank, Kurganets-25 infantry fighting vehicle and Bumerang armored personnel carrier for their operational evaluation in the troops, Salyukov said.

In addition, the new Koalitsiya-SV multiservice force artillery system is at the final stage of its development. Also, the defense industry is completing its R&D work ‘Nabrosok’ to develop a whole series of highly mobile artillery and mortar armament based on various types of the chassis, including for operation in the Arctic region, the Army Commander-in-Chief said.

Last month, Sputnik news agency reported that Russia’s defense industry is developing new strategies for robots in possible urban combat, as well as in coastal warfare, a source in the sector stated.

According to the source, various facilities will offer their solutions to the Combined Arms Academy of the Armed Forces at the beginning of 2020.

The source also noted that at the moment there is no common conception of using robots in combat, so the Russian military plans to establish a comprehensive strategy that can be used by the country's armed forces in the future.

The robots will be created with the help of the platform, Marker, which was revealed for the first time in mid-October 2019.

According to the source, various facilities will offer their solutions to the Combined Arms Academy of the Armed Forces at the beginning of 2020.

The source also noted that at the moment there is no common conception of using robots in combat, so the Russian military plans to establish a comprehensive strategy that can be used by the country's armed forces in the future.

The robots will be created with the help of the platform, Marker, which was revealed for the first time in mid-October 2019.

The news comes amid recent reports about the Russian military boosting its high-tech research, and plans to create multifunctional robotic machines for elaborate combat tasks by 2025.

 
 



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