Land Platforms

AUSA 2017: Fantom-2 set for desert trials, combat

12 October 2017

Ukraine’s SpetsTechnoExport will be sending its new Fantom-2 large multipurpose unmanned ground vehicle (UGV) to the Middle East in early November for trials and demonstrations, and expects to field the platform in combat conditions in the next 12 months.Fantom-2 has been observed with a range of weapons fits. (IHS Markit/Patrick Allen)Fantom-2 has been observed with a range of weapons fits. (IHS Markit/Patrick Allen)

The Fantom-2 went on public display for the first time at AUSA in Washington DC, with more details revealed on the final production-standard iteration of the platform, a larger eight-wheeled version of the original six-wheeled platform.

Company director Pavlo Barbul said there would be “intensive evaluation” of Fantom-2 by the Ukrainian military in combat conditions.

“In addition to driving trials in the UAE [United Arab Emirates] and Kuwait, we are hopeful that we will be able to get permission to carry out firing demonstrations,” Barbul said.

There have been some changes to previously released specifications on the Fantom-2. While the vehicle retains its length of 4.2 m and height of 1.2 m, it now has a width of 2.2 m compared with a previous figure of 1.8 m, a vehicle weight of 1200 kg (1,600 kg), and a payload capacity of 900 kg (850 kg). Newly released details are that it is able to climb a 30° slope and traverse a 25° side slope.

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