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Russian Ratnik UGV tested in simulated combat environment.

| 2018

The Soratnik automated fighting system has been tested in an environment close to real combat at temperatures of more than 30°C, the press office of Russia’s Kalashnikov Corporation told TASS. The Kalashnikov Corporation that is a subsidiary of Russia’s Rostec state hi-tech corporation is the developer of the Soratnik system.

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The Ratnik was displayed at Armiya exhibition in Russia

A video posted by media organizations showed a Soratnik fighting vehicle moving along the sea coast and firing weapons against targets. One of the videos posted on the YouTube says the Soratnik robot has been tested in Syria. "The Soratnik automated fighting system has been tested in an environment close to real combat. The trials confirmed the robot’s characteristics and proved its capability to operate at temperatures of more than 30°C," the press office said. According to the press office, the groundwork laid during the development and the production of the Soratnik system and the results of its trials will be used as the basis for perspective combat robots. The Soratnik armored tracked vehicle is designed to conduct reconnaissance, transmit data, patrol and protect territories and key facilities and carry out mine- and obstacle-clearing operations.

The Soratnik system operates in three control modes. It has a weight of no more than seven tons and a speed of 40 km/h (25 mph). The vehicle can operate within a radius of 10 kilometers (6.2 miles) in remote-controlled mode and direct visibility. The system’s tracked platform can be equipped with 7.62mm and 12.7mm machineguns and a 30mm AG-17A grenade launcher. The combat module has a gyro-stabilizer and can detect, identify, track and eliminate targets independently. The Soratnik system can also carry eight Kornet-EM (NATO reporting name: AT-l4 Spriggan) antitank missiles.

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