The Russian military announced on Oct. 30, 2017 that it will begin acquiring the Nerekhta — a ground-combat robot armed with a slew of remotely-operated weapons such as machine guns and rocket launchers.
Col. Oleg Pomazuev, the head of the Russian Ministry of Defense’s Department of Innovation Research, said the Nerekhtas “managed to prove themselves well at the Alabino testing ground,” and that the robots exceeded manned combat vehicles “in a number of parameters.”
The Nerekhta combat robot, developed by the Russian Foundation for Advanced Research Projects, in partnership with the Degtyarev Plant, will fight against armored machinery.
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The Nerekhta has 3 modules: combat, transport, and artillery reconnaissance. The combat module in different variants will be equipped with a Kord or Kalashnikov machine guns.
The module can further be equipped with an AG-30M automatic grenade launcher and an anti-tank missile system.
Nerekhta consists of a compact light tracked chassis, equipped with a hull and mounts for special equipment.
It is assumed that the Nerekhta will be used in tandem with drones.
The main efforts in the field of military robotics are aimed at developing combat robots, which can replace soldiers on the battlefield.
The Russian Ministry of Defense views such machines as an important way to amplify the army’s combat power. Robots can go where human beings cannot.
Russia is in fact testing many unmanned ground vehicles, from small devices to tank-sized models equipped with a variety of ammunition. Going into 2018 and beyond, the Russian military will start acquiring more unmanned military systems for its air, land and naval forces.
The past few weeks have seen several significant developments in Russian unmanned military systems, from government hints at how such systems could operate to announcements about new concepts and prototypes.
The Russian military establishment has dropped several mentions about the implementation of artificial intelligence in combat. On Nov. 1, Viktor Bondarev, chairman of the Federation Council’s Defense and Security Committee, stated that artificial intelligence will be able to “replace a soldier on the battlefield and a pilot in an aircraft cockpit.”
He further indicated that Russia is pursuing “swarm” technology — also pursued by the U.S. military — which would allow a network of drones to operate as a single unit.
Such official statements indicate that Russian military elites are contemplating the use of artificial intelligence in military settings in the future with a level of comfort about the idea, in contrast to more cautious and ambiguous statements in the West on the use of artificial intelligence. Bondarev’s statement could pour more oil on the fire of concern expressed by the American military establishment that the race for militarized AI is tightening among the United States, China and Russia.
Russian machine building company Uralvagonzavod is involved in the transformation of the T-90 and is looking to make it an unmanned automated vehicle.
An unmanned version of the T-90 will receive a so-called synthetic eye – a modern technical vision system, under which all devices on the outer surface of the tank like radar, laser rangefinders, and multispectral cameras will generate a digital synthesized picture of the battlefield on the monitor of the manned tank that is leading an operation.
A robotic version of the latest tank T-14 Armata is also under development.
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