Russia is set to receive 12 Uran-6 demining unmanned ground vehicles (UGVs) this year, the Ministry of Defence (MoD) announced on 1 February.
"Twelve updated Uran-6 multipurpose mine clearance vehicles will be delivered to the military districts and central units in 2019," the MoD said in a statement. "The vehicle will be augmented by new transportation platforms based on Kamaz four-axle trucks that feature hydraulic hooklift hoists."
The updated Uran-6 - which is developed by the 766th UPTK subsidiary of Rostec's Kalashnikov Group - maintains the physical dimension of the original model at 4,565 mm long, 2,015 mm wide, and 1,470 mm tall. The vehicle weighs 6 tonnes without its mine clearance subsystems.
Although powered by the same 240 hp diesel engine, the updated UGV features an improved minesweeping speed profile of 0.5 to 5 km/h, which is double the performance offered by the original model. Stated endurance remains comparable at five hours.
The updated vehicle can clear mines or explosive objects with a charge that is equal to 4 kg of explosive material, as opposed to the original tolerance of 2 kg.
The MoD's International Mine-Action Centre received the first serially produced upgraded Uran-6 in late January.
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