Russia's Foundation for Advanced Studies (FPI) has unveiled an updated version of the Marker unmanned ground vehicle (UGV) with a different track configuration as well as a larger body, potentially with the intention to mount larger calibre weapons.
The updated Marker UGV was shown with five roadwheels, an idler, a drive sprocket, and two roller returns. A large payload bay area is featured in the rear of the platform with the engine and cooling units to the front. The updated unit can launch a group of small reconnaissance unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) to perform tasks individually or together as a group via a cluster launch module. This module was tested on 17 October 2019.
A modular multispectral vision and data processing system, featuring neural network algorithms, supports autonomous operations. Other mission systems include a laser warning system, thermal sensors, day/night infrared (IR) cameras, laser rangefinder, target detection, early warning system, identification, and tracking equipment.
Five UGVs are believed to be in development. Two platforms in a tracked configuration have been tested and a wheeled version is also in development.
Two experimental prototypes of the Marker UGV were tested on 9 July 2019. The project's first stage, which included trials in coastal areas, was successfully completed on the tracked chassis on 25 July 2019 with tests carried out at the Magnitogorsk test site of robotic systems and complexes (MIP RSK).
The UGV demonstrated automatic routing in urban areas and rough terrain in its first phase of testing. The second stage involved manoeuvre operations, as well as targeting and firing trials, and commenced at the end of July 2019. Further weapon testing is expected to be conducted in the first quarter of 2020 with the UGV engaging targets in "automatic mode".
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