Land Platforms

Kalashnikov unveils UGV

12 September 2016
Soratnik is intended to provide direct support to infantry. Source: Nikolai Novichkov

Russia's Kalashnikov Group has developed an unmanned ground vehicle (UGV), unveiling the system at the Army 2016 defence exhibition in Moscow.

The BAS-01G BM Soratnik (Companion-in-Arms) has been designated an unmanned combat ground vehicle (UCGV). "It is an innovative platform developed by the military division of the Kalashnikov Group in accordance with the terms of reference issued by the Russian Ministry of Defense," a company spokesperson told IHS Jane's. "Soratnik is intended for combat reconnaissance, fire support for soldiers on the battlefield, mine clearance, logistics operations, and patrolling."

Soratnik is a tracked platform with a combat weight of about 7,000 kg, an operational range of 400 km, a maximum road speed of 40 km/h, and can be remote-controlled out to a distance of 10 km. In addition to direct control, the system can operate with varying levels of autonomy.

The system features an electro-optic suite that enables targets to be detected out to a maximum distance of 2,500 m. Soratnik can be armed with a 7.62 mm Kalashnikov PKT/PKTM or 12.7 mm 6P49 Kord heavy machine gun, or a 30 mm AG-17A Plamya (Flame) automatic grenade launcher (AGL). The vehicle has also been fitted with the latest 40 mm 6G27 Balkan AGL.

When configured for the anti-tank role, the UCGV is armed with eight ready-to-launch 9M133M Kornet-EM (AT-14 Spriggan) anti-tank guided missiles.

"Both domestic and foreign potential customers have shown their interest in the platform," the representative said.

On operations Soratnik can be complemented by two tactical unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) designed by ZALA Aero, a subsidiary of the Kalashnikov Group.

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