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Kazakhstani firms unveil new Karakurt robotic combat vehicle

01 June 2018

Kazakhstani public and private industry joined to create an armed robotic vehicle, the Karakurt, and unveiled it during the KADEX 2018 defence exhibition in Astana.

The tracked unmanned ground vehicle (UGV) was designed by Kazakhstani companies Robotron Aspandau and New Tech Distribution, with support from the Kazakhstan Engineering Research and Development Centre.

A Karakurt robotic vehicle prototype is shown during the KADEX 2018 exhibition fitted with an NSVT 12.7 mm heavy machine gun and two RPG-26I RPGs. (Miroslav Gyurosi)A Karakurt robotic vehicle prototype is shown during the KADEX 2018 exhibition fitted with an NSVT 12.7 mm heavy machine gun and two RPG-26I RPGs. (Miroslav Gyurosi)

The companies started developing the Karakurt UGV in mid-2016, finalised the basic design at beginning of 2018, and started design trials before mid-year. According to Robotron Aspandau representatives, the designers plan to attend military user trials from August 2018 through the year’s end.

The prototype displayed during KADEX 2018 was fitted with a weapon station armed with an NSVT 12.7 mm heavy machine gun and 250 rounds, and two RPG-26I 'Aglen’ rocket-propelled grenade launchers. The weapon station is fitted with a camera and four others are mounted on the hull for a 360°view.

The platform is 2.42 m long, 1.89 m wide, and 1.357 m high up to the machine gun’s top elevation. It has 35.23 cm ground clearance. The vehicle is fitted with an 8.5 kW electrical generator powered by air-cooled 459 cm one-cylinder, two-stroke petrol engine. The fuel tank carries 27 litres.

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