Russian Uran-6 robotic demining UGV undergoing modernization following Ukraine war experience


According to topwar.ru, Sergey Popovichenko, Deputy General Director for Media Relations of the Special Design Bureau of the Ministry of Defense, announced that the Uran-6 multifunctional robotic demining system has undergone another upgrade taking into account the experience gathered in the Ukraine war.
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With its second modernization, the Uran-6 demining system received enhanced armor protection and an improved communication system, which makes it possible to increase the control range (Picture source: topwar.ru)


The Uran-6 demining system received enhanced armor protection and an improved communication system, which makes it possible to increase the control range. The decision to again carry out work on the system was made based on the results of its use in the Ukrainian zones invaded by the Russian armed forces that needed to be demined.

It is worth noting that this is the second modernization of the system. The first was carried out following the results of the use of Uran-6 in Syria where it was actively used for demining Palmyra and other cities; in new regions of Russia, sappers used the system for demining Mariupol and other settlements in Ukrainian zones conquered by Russian troops in Donbas.

The multifunctional robotic demining system (MRTK-R) Uran-6 is a tracked vehicle with mounts for installing various special equipment designed to make passages in minefields, as well as for area clearance of territories. Depending on the cleared area, a roller, strike or milling trawl, dozer blade or mechanical gripper can be installed on the machine. It is supplied with a platform for transportation based on KamAZ, equipped with a special lifting system and a platform for changing trawls.

The weight of the Uran-6 is about 6 tons. In its basic version, the Uran-6 could withstand an explosion of up to 60 kg in TNT equivalent, probably more. The equipment of the system allows to determine the type of detected explosive objects; the operator can then choose the most effective and safe method of neutralization. The control is carried out by the operator at a distance of up to 1 km.


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Original model of Uran-6 demining UGV displayed at Armya-2018 defense forum near Kubinka (Picture source: Army Recognition)


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