Russian Special Forces deploy Sosna-N anti-sniper robot in Ukraine

According to Tass, Russian special forces have deployed the Sosna-N anti-sniper robot in the Northern Military District zone in Ukraine. This deployment marks a milestone in the use of new technology in armed conflicts. We will explore the capabilities of the Sosna-N and examine its potential role in the ongoing conflict between Russia and Ukraine.
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Russian Sosna-N anti-sniper robot (Picture source: Rostec )

The anti-sniper Sosna-N robot is now deployed in Ukraine by Russian forces. We had already discussed this robot on Army Recognition on August 26, 2021, during its presentation at the Russian Army 2021 exhibition.

The Sosna-N is equipped with a laser-optical detection system that operates autonomously and can be remotely controlled. This system allows for 24/7 surveillance of the surrounding area, capable of detecting active optical devices such as sniper rifle scopes, binoculars, and anti-tank missile targeting systems.

The system can operate at distances of up to 3,000 meters, giving it a considerable advantage over traditional detection systems. Additionally, its laser suppression range is 2,000 meters. Despite these capabilities, the Sosna-N is surprisingly light, weighing only 4.6 kg, making it extremely portable and adaptable to various combat scenarios.

The Sosna-N is capable of sounding an alarm and marking the location of the detected sniper. It can also "blind" the target's optics by directing a laser toward them, thus making shooting attempts much more difficult for the enemy sniper.

The Sosna-N is not just a military tool. According to Mikhail Ruzin, the chief designer of the product, it can also be used for the safety of individuals and the protection of various objects and private spaces, such as sports stadiums or secure buildings.

The deployment of the Sosna-N in Ukraine is particularly relevant given the effective use of snipers by Ukrainian forces. These snipers have been trained to target commanders and high-ranking officers, thus exploiting a vulnerability in the Russian command structure. The use of the Sosna-N could provide Russian forces with a significant tactical advantage, allowing them to locate and neutralize Ukrainian snipers before they could inflict significant damage.

The Sosna-N represents an advancement in modern warfare, offering detection and neutralization capabilities that could influence the current conflict between Russia and Ukraine. It's also worth noting that there is no "game-changing" weapon or equipment, and therefore, even if this material has an impact on the conflict, it would take much more to reverse the course of the conflict between Ukraine and Russia.