Translated by Ollie Richardson for Fort Russ
24th December, 2015
For the first time in the world, an attack on a fortified area of militants was conducted by battle robots. In the province of Latakia, army units of the Syrian army, with the support of Russian specialists and Russian combat robots, took the strategic tower of “Syriatel”, 754m in height.
More recently, the chief of the General staff of the Russian armed forces, General Gerasimov, stated that Russia seeks to completely automate the battle, and perhaps soon we will witness robotic groups independently conducting warfare.
Using the latest high-tech equipment enables the command centre to provide continuous guidance to troops performing combat training tasks on unfamiliar grounds, and the command of the Navy to exercise control over their actions. Being more than 5 thousand kilometers from locations, they can receive from, the area of exercise, not only a stream of graphical pictures, but also a video of their actions in real time.
Systems required for the tasks can be mounted on two-axle chassis of KAMAZ, BTR-D, BMD-2 or BMD-4. In addition, given the specificity of the airforce, “Andromeda-D” is adapted for loading the aircraft, its flight and landing.
This system, as well as combat robots, were deployed to Syria and tested in combat conditions.
In the attack on the tower, six robotic complex “Platform-M” and four complex “Argo” were used. A friendly robot was recently deployed to Syria featuring self-propelled artillery installations (SAU) “acacia” that can destroy enemy positions.
Military robots, guns and drones were linked to the automated control system “Andromeda-D”. The commander of the attack on the tower, in real time, was directing operations, while in Moscow, operators of military robots led the attack, each seeing the field of battle, and the whole picture.
The first attack robot went as close as 100-120 meters to the fortifications of the militants, who then opened fire itself, and detected firing points when immediately attacked.
Behind the robots, at a distance of 150-200 meters, the Syrian infantry arrived, clearing the tower.
The rebels did not have the slightest chance, as all their movements were traced by drones, when the detected militants applied artillery strikes. Literally 20 minutes after the start of the combat robot’s attack, the militants fled in terror, leaving behind the dead and wounded. On the slopes of the tower, there was approximately 70 of the killed militants and the Syrian soldiers who perished there, with only 4 wounded.
The Izhevsk enterprise “NITI “Progress”” have created a remote-controlled robotic complex called “Platform-M” on a tracked chassis. The armored vehicle is armed with 4 rocket launchers and a Kalashnikov machine gun which is controlled remotely. The main purpose of the system – strikes against stationary and moving targets. In addition, the “Platform-M” can carry out reconnaissance and patrols on the territory. Also, it can ensure passage through a minefield. Work on the system was carried out for several years. Now mass production has started.
Combat cross-country vehicle “Argo”
Central research and experimental design Institute of robotics and technical Cybernetics has developed a combat robotic complex called “Argo”. It can be controlled remotely. “Argo” is designed to conduct reconnaissance and offer support fire for landings. The weapons system was created for the destruction of equipment and manpower. In addition, the ATV can be used for delivery. “Argo” weighs about 1 ton. The machine’s length is 3.4 m, width — 1,85 m, height — 1,65 m. On the ground it has a top speed of 20 km/h, on water — 4.6 km/h. “Argo” may to work more than 20 hours continuously. The combat robotic system is armed with a 7.62-mm tank machine gun, three grenades RPG-26, grenade launchers two RShG-2.