Land Platforms

IDEX 2017: Fantom emerges with new weapons system

23 February 2017
Fantom has broadened its weapons fit with the introduction of anti-tank missiles. Source: IHS Markit/Charles Forrester

Ukraine's Spets Techno Export has integrated an anti-tank missile launcher onto its Fantom (Phantom) unmanned ground vehicle (UGV), unveiling the configuration at IDEX 2017 in Abu Dhabi.

The Fantom was debuted at Ukraine's Defence and Security Expo in October with a stabilised 12.7 mm machine gun. The latest configuration adds four Bar'er (Barrier) laser-guided anti-tank missiles arranged 2x2 on a telescopic mount that enables the Fantom to engage targets from concealed positions.

Full firing tests of the missile systems are set to take place in the coming months, following on from successful testing of the stabilised machine gun last year. Five smoke grenade launchers have been added to the front of the vehicle for defensive measures.

The six-wheeled system is 3 metres long and 1 metre tall from the base of the wheels to the top of the body, with bolt-on weapons stations or surveillance equipment adding to the overall height of the system. The Fantom displayed at IDEX also included a mast-mounted electro-optical system for use in surveillance missions; each weapon has an independent electro-optical system.

The vehicle is powered by an electric hybrid engine that enables 10 hours of battery operation before it needs recharging; a diesel engine is able to recharge the battery using an onboard 20-litre fuel tank. Pavlo Barbul, director of Spets Techno Export, told Jane's that the use of the electric motor reduces heat and sound signatures, and supports extended operations of up to 10 days surveillance missions where the vehicle would assume a static position. According to the company Fantom has a top speed of 38 km/h and a maximum payload of 350 kg.

The Fantom can be controlled by either secure RF communications or via a 5 km-long fibre-optic cable that spools out of the rear of the vehicle, which supports more covert operations.

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