The Russian defence industry is upgrading the Uran-9 unmanned ground vehicle (UGV), Jane’s has learnt.
The baseline Uran-9 UGV was unveiled in December 2015.
“The trials of the Uran-9 combat UGV will be finished by the year-end,” an industry source said. “The vehicle has already entered its operational evaluation and tests.
“The [vehicle] has been tested in Syria and demonstrated high performance in an operational environment,” the source claimed, noting that industry is now working to increase the Uran-9’s range, response time, and data bandwidth.
Firepower enhancements have also been incorporated, including 12 Shmel rocket-propelled thermobaric grenades aimed at increasing its anti-personnel and anti-materiel effectiveness during assaults and urban operations. The grenades are stored and launched via two six-cell revolving launchers mounted on the UGV’s roof.
The updated armament suite also comprises a 30 mm 2A72 automatic cannon, a Kalashnikov PKTM 7.62 mm coaxial machine gun, and two ready-to-use 9M120 Ataka (AT-9 ‘Spiral 2’) anti-tank guided missiles (ATGMs).
Up to two additional Ataka ATGMs or four Igla-family short-range surface-to-air missiles (SAMs) can be optionally installed.
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