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Ukrainian army inducts Ratel-S kamikaze small UGV to blow up tanks



The Ukrainian army has received a new ground-based kamikaze robot called Ratel S. The ground-based drone has already completed testing and has begun mass production. This was stated by Deputy Prime Minister of the Ukrainian government Mikhail Fedorov, who is responsible for the development of various technologies.
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Ratel-S kamikaze drone armed with two mortar rounds (Picture source: Ukrainian defense)


The ground-based kamikaze drone has already entered service with the Ukrainian army and has been spotted in one or two directions where fierce fighting is taking place, this is also confirmed by fighters from Russian units. It is stated that the enemy uses it for mining; there are no other details yet. It is known that this drone is capable of operating for up to 2 hours without recharging at a range of up to 6km, while reaching speeds of up to 24 km/h, but this is on the highway. On rough terrain, and with an anti-tank mine, the speed will be significantly lower.

Fedorov stated: “Ratel S is a ground robot from Ukrainian developers. Soldiers use it as a mobile warhead carrying anti-tank mines or a combat module. Thanks to the technology, the operator from a safe place can blow up an enemy tank or dugout.”

The start of testing of this ground-based drone was reported back in May of this year; it was created from the very beginning as a kamikaze drone capable of delivering a TM-62 anti-tank mine under the bottom of a tank. During the tests, the drone moved two TM-62 mines at once. Experts doubt that the wheelbase will allow this drone to be used in winter or inclement weather. On the other hand, a tracked base does not provide high speed and is more difficult to manufacture.

It is worth noting that similar ground-based kamikaze drones are being developed in Russia, but so far there have been no reports of them being delivered to the troops.


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Ratel-S was created from the very beginning as a kamikaze drone capable of delivering a TM-62 anti-tank mine under the bottom of a tank (Picture source: Ukrainian defense)


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