17:25 Oct. 14, 2016
Ukrainian developers present unmanned turrets, transporters, evacuators and brander
Ukraine holds the annual International specialized exhibition of protection means, weapons, military and special equipment, dual-use technologies and goods "Arms and Security". Today is the last day of 13th show of this kind, taking place in Kyiv.
Russian invasion forced Ukrainian armourers and blacksmiths to invent whole bunch of remotely operated machinery to be used in the most dangerous circumstances to save the lives of soldiers. It includes defence, assault and transportation duties to be performed under direct enemy fire. Exhibition presented a number of such high-end fighting devices.
The most expected one is the multipurpose unmanned mini-tranporter ‘Phantom'. It is a remotely controlled vehicle, designed for recon, ammunition supply and evacuation of the wounded. ‘Phantom' is equipped with a 12,7-mm heavy machine gun, thermal imagery device and an electric motor with a generator, which allows it to operate in the autonomous mode for about a month. It can shoot to a distance of over 1 km in complete darkness. Cruise speed of the vehicle is up to 20 km, controls carried out trough secure radio channel or via fibre-wire with length up to 5 km. In addition, it is possible to equip high-precision anti-tank missile weapons. ‘Phantom' have already attracted attention from abroad – Romania appeared to be interested in such machines.
Another battle robot – ‘Piranha' – can fulfill the same assault, transport and evacuation duties as ‘Phantom', but also serve as moving communication center or brander – armoured ‘kamikaze', capable of bringing large amount of explosives to enemy fortification of machinery to destroy them in one blow.
Robotized battle platform ‘Laska' is not self-propelled but can protect important positions or objects, and be formed into whole defensive lines. They also can be mounted on vehicles or any moving platforms.
Another way of robotization – autopilots for armoured infantry tranporters – presented on KRAZ Spartan. It's ‘Pilotdrive' system can be operated manually or from the distance, and even drive by itself from one place to another. It can actually save lives if the crew is wounded or unconscious - war gave dozens examples of such situations.
Current Ukrainian armour of Soviet origin is to be modernised with new battle modules. Unlike the old turrets, they are also unmanned and remotely operated with the same purpose – to save the lives of soldiers. Presented pieces are made solely by Ukrainian developers or in collaboration with neighbours, like Slovaks. Modules are armed with one or two automatic cannons of 23mm or 40mm calibre, grenade launchers of Soviet or NATO standards, anti-tank missiles and ashine guns. Some of them look really futuristic.