- Russia’s military is now a leader in the weaponized robotics.
- It has a number of unmanned ground and air projects under consideration and is adopting some of them.
- Russian officials are also contemplating the use of weaponized artificial intelligence on the battlefield.
In its mission to modernize its military, the Russian government has made no secret about its plans to have unmanned vehicles and robots be a large part of its forces in the future.
With a number of ambitious projects in development, Russia intends to make everything from unmanned vehicles to fully autonomous artificial intelligence into integral parts of its armed forces.
Unmanned ground vehicles (UGVs)
For almost two decades, weaponized unmanned vehicles have mostly been used in the air. Drones like the MQ-1 Predator, the RQ-4 Global Hawk, and countless other variants from many countries have been conducting surveillance from the skies and dropping ordnance on targets.
Though there have been attempts to extend these capabilities to the ground in the form of UGVs, most efforts fall short of full implementation. Russia, however, seems determined to bring UGVs to the battlefield.
The Russian military has been testing a number of UGVs in the last few years. The most notable are the Nerekhta, the Uran-9, and the Vikhr.
The Nerekhta is tracked UGV that can be armed with a number of large-caliber machine guns, as well as an AG-30M grenade launcher and antitank guided missiles (ATGMs).
It can be used to transport troops and conduct combat operations and reconnaissance for artillery systems.
In October, the Russian Ministry of Defense announced that it would acquire the Nerekhta after the UGV performed better than manned vehicles in a number of ways during training.
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