Land Platforms

Ukraine reveals new combat UGV

14 October 2018

Ukraine’s Global Dynamics is developing the 4×4 Ironclad unmanned ground vehicle. Source: Global Dynamics

Ukranian firm Global Dynamics showcased a prototype 4×4 unmanned ground vehicle (UGV) called Ironclad at the Arms and Security exhibition held in Kiev from 9-12 October.

The company first produced a prototype for the Ukranian armed forces in 2014 and has built two additional vehicles since.

The Ironclad UGV weighs 1,100 kg and has been designed for missions such as reconnaissance, surveillance, and target acquisition (RSTA) and measures 2.57 m in length, 1.7 m in width, and 0.96 m in height

The vehicle comprises two articulated units designed to improve manoeuvrability in confined environments. The front unit houses the weapon station, while the rear unit is a payload bay that can transport loads of up to 200 kg.

The vehicle is powered by diesel generators, which power hub-mounted electric motors featuring epitrochoid harmonic drive technology. The company claims this arrangement offers robust torque transmission for improved traction on rough terrain and enables the vehicle to traverse slopes of 30°.

It has a stated endurance of up to 4 hours when fully loaded although this can be extended to 10 hours with reduced payload. It can also operate for up to 1 hour on battery power. The company also noted that it can cover distances of 130 km in hybrid mode and achieve maximum speeds of up to 20 km/h.

The Ironclad can be equipped with the indigenous Shablya remote weapon station (RWS). The RWS incorporates an interchangeable weapon cradle that allows the installation of standard 7.62 and 12.7 calibre machine guns (MGs) and is armed with a 7.62 mm PKT MG, which is the solenoid-fired version of the PK MG. The weapon can be remounted in less than 5 minutes.

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