Russia is testing military robots in an upcoming training exercise involving engineering troops. The robots will be deployed across at least 12 training grounds of the Western Military District, the Russian Ministry of Defense announced.
Military engineers will test the “Uran-6” robotic demining system and “Uran-14” fire extinguishing system. Approximately 8,000 personnel are expected to participate.
“Today, at 12 training ranges of the Western Military District, as well as on the section of the Oka River, under the leadership of the Chief of Engineering Troops of the RF Armed Forces, Lieutenant General Yuri Stavitsky, special exercises of engineering troops have started,” the ministry said in a statement.
“The exercises are carried out in preparation for the joint strategic exercise West-2021 and will be held at ranges in the Nizhny Novgorod, Vladimir, Kaliningrad, Leningrad, Voronezh, and Moscow regions and will last until July 30,” the department added.
Rise of Russian Military Robots
Russia has recently ramped up the development and testing of robotics for the military.
An International Centre for Defence and Security report observed that Russia’s military exercises have recently included “an increasing number of unmanned aerial, land and maritime platforms.”
The report further stated how Russia is preparing itself for a future “where such systems enabled by artificial intelligence and ubiquitous connectivity will reshape the character of warfare.”