Russia Develops Fully Autonomous Udar Combat Ground Vehicle

Udar will used in combat, for surveillance and reconnaissance, and to provide logistical and technical support to troops on the ground.

The Russian military will soon have its hands on a functioning prototype of the latest Udar Combat Ground Vehicle which can operate on different terrains completely unmanned.

The prototype was created by the Signal All-Russian Scientific Research Institute, a subsidiary of the state-owned tech company Rostec, and can be used in different tactical missions. In addition, the new Udar combat vehicle can provide in-field engineering and logistics services to Russian troops.

“[Udar] is equipped with artificial intelligence that collects data through a system of sensors and measuring devices,” Rostec Armament Cluster Industrial Director Bekkhan Ozdoyev told state-run news agency Sputnik.  “Based on the data received, the robot’s route is set, taking into account terrain features, and combat assignment parameters can be calculated.”

Udar Robotic Vehicle

The newest Udar model is an upgrade of the BMP-3 infantry fighting vehicle.

Developers have described the Udar robotic vehicle as “a multi-purpose robotic platform” that can be customized with an array of weapons and equipment based on its tactical objective. Since it’s designed to move autonomously, Udar can accomplish certain objectives such as cargo transportation without human intervention.

The Udar robotic vehicle can also interact with various unmanned aerial vehicles.

“We tested inter-operability with drones, including the tethered type with the electric power supply from the robot itself. Such drones can be used for conducting further reconnaissance and relaying the control radio channel,” Ozdoyev said.

Other features include a 2A42 30mm automatic cannon with a firing range of 4,000 meters (13,123 ft), a coaxial PKT machine that can fire up to 2,000 rounds, Kornet anti-tank guided missiles with a range of up to 10 kilometers (6.2 miles), and electro-optical equipment combined with a fire control system that helps track moving and camouflaged targets.

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