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Russia unveils armored multipurpose battlefield robot

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URP-01G (opkrt.ru)

Russian scientists are developing an AI-capable armored robotic platform, which is utilizable in battlefield, nuclear fallout, and extreme arctic environments.

URP-01G, a crawling traction robotic system, was designed by Russia’s Systemprom Concern and is scheduled for factory tests by the end of the year, RT reported on Sunday.

The system is “a universal robotic complex capable of carrying various types of working payload. Onboard the complex, there will be a large variety of accessory sub-systems to maintain [electric] supply and control of the payload systems,” said Systemprom’s Science and Technology department chief Aleksey Simulin.

Based on various armor configurations and environmental requirements the platform’s weight can reach seven tons with dimensions of around 3.5 meters in length and around 2 meters in width. 

With enough power and integrated command and control systems the platform can do “virtually anything,” Simulin said, adding that the robot is even capable of using payload modules from various producers.    

It can be as a radio-electronic warfare unit or even a communication repeater, he added.

The system has a 10-kilometer initial range from its controlling unit but plans are present to render it autonomous with artificial intelligence, according to Systemprom Concern which is an integral part of the United Instrument Manufacturing Corporation. 

“The machine is designed in such a way that it could be loaded into a military truck or could be airdropped,” added Simulin.

Systemprom is developing two versions of the platform for the Russian military, a battlefield version equipped with a heavy machine gun and grenade launchers, and a scout model equipped with a small reconnaissance unmanned aerial vehicle. 


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