Russia tests robotic strike vehicle in simulated combat conditions

The Russian military has tested its new Soratnik automated fighting vehicle in close to combat conditions at temperatures around 85-90 degrees.

The Kalashnikov Group is the developer of the Soratnik unmanned strike vehicle.

In a video published by Russia media, the vehicle is shown firing at targets along a sea coast. One video posted at YouTube claims the vehicle has been tested in Syria.

“The Soratnik automated fighting vehicle has been tested in conditions maximally close to a real combat environment. These trials confirmed the vehicle’s characteristics and proved the possibility of using the robotic system at air temperatures of over 30 degrees Celsius,” the Kalashnikov Group said.

The vehicle is tracked and armored. The company said it was designed to conduct reconnaissance and transmit data, patrol and protect territories and important facilities, carry out mine clearance and clear obstacles.

It’s weight does not exceed 7 tons. It is armed with 7.62 mm and 12.7 mm machine guns and also an AG-17A 30 mm grenade launcher. It can operate remotely within a six-to-seven mile radius of the controller.

One design option under consideration is to mount eight Kornet-EM anti-tank guided missiles on the vehicle. [source]

Jon E. Dougherty is a political, foreign policy and national security analyst and reporter with nearly 30 years of experience in both fields. A U.S. Army veteran of Operation Enduring Freedom, he holds BA in Political Science from Ashford University and an MA in National Security Studies/Intelligence Analysis from American Military University.

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