Infantry Weapons

Latest Fantom UGV undertakes weapons tests

03 August 2017
Fantom-2 live firing. Source: Spetstechnoexport

Ukraine’s SpetsTechnoExport has carried out testing of a prototype of its Fantom-2 unmanned ground vehicle (UGV) fitted with a range of weapon systems.

The tests were carried out at a military training ground in the Chernihiv region.

Pavlo Barbul, director of SpetsTechnoExport, told Jane’s , “An updated version of the UGV received important changes which were suggested by the Ukrainian military. It has received a new 8x8 [configuration] instead of 6x6 in the first version [Fantom-1],” he added, “thanks to the increased dimensions of the vehicle the developers managed to install a more powerful powerplant …. This made it possible to significantly increase the running performance and improve its flotation [qualities].”

In addition to the 8x8 configuration, the Fantom-2 is able to carry heavier payloads, with an 850 kg capacity – more than double that of the Fantom-1’s 350 kg capacity. Fantom-2 weighs 1,600 kg, is 4.2 m long, 1.84 m wide, and 1.2 m high.

Amongst the weapon fits trialled on the Fantom-2 prototype was the `Stugna-P’ anti-tank guided missile (ATGM) system, which is said to have successfully destroyed a target at 3,000 m. The system employs a 100 mm laser-guided missile that has a range of up to 5,000 m and is fitted with a tandem high explosive anti-tank (HEAT) warhead.

The Korsar light, portable anti-tank system was employed out to its maximum range of 2,500 m; the missile's tandem HEAT warhead (designated PK-3K) has a claimed ability to penetrate 550 mm of conventional armour, itself protected by explosive reactive armour (ERA).

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