IDEX 2017

Phantom sighted [IDEX17D2]

19 February 2017

SpetsTechnoExport (Stand 12-C25) is presenting the latest version of its Phantom tactical unmanned ground vehicle (UGV).

It is fitted with a stabilised turntable on which can be mounted various weapon systems such as a 12.7mm machine gun (MG) and anti-tank guided weapons such as the locally produced Barrier. The latter is of the laser-guided type and has a maximum range of 5,000m. It is fitted with a tandem high-explosive anti-tank (HEAT) warhead to neutralise threat targets fitted with explosive reactive armour (ERA).

According to SpetsTechnoExport, successful firing trials have already been carried out in Ukraine with the Phantom UGV fitted with the 12.7mm MG.

The platform has 6x6 drive using a hybrid engine and the independent suspension, and hydraulic braking are claimed to provide a high level of cross-country performance, even when operating in sand. The Phantom UGV is controlled by a secure radio channel with a maximum range of 10km from the operator or from a fibre optic cable up to 5km from the operator.

According to Pavlo Barbul of SpetsTechnoExport: “The upgraded version of the tactical unmanned multipurpose vehicle demonstrates just one of the many configurations of the Phantom. The objective of the project is to create military equipment that can effectively perform a variety of combat tasks while protecting and saving the lives of soldiers.”

In addition to being used as a weapons platform, the Phantom UGV can also be used as a reconnaissance system, carrying ammunition to forward operating units and transporting wounded personnel from the battlefield to the rear. It can also be used as a power source, and when fitted with the correct attachment could be used in a de-mining role.



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