Post by TsarSamuil on Mar 20, 2018 15:03:59 GMT -5
Russian Army to Adopt Terminator-2 Tank Support Vehicle.
MILITARY & INTELLIGENCE 06:08 20.03.2018
MOSCOW (Sputnik) - The Russian army will soon adopt into service the latest version of BMPT-72 tank support combat vehicle, also known as Terminator 2, an informed source in the Rusian defense industry told Sputnik.
"The principal decision on the adoption of the Terminator has been made. The signing of relevant documents is expected soon," the source said.
The BMPT tank support combat vehicle has been developed by Russia's UralVagonZavod Corporation. The vehicle, built on the chassis of T-72 battle tank and fitted with a guided missile weapon system, is capable of destroying enemy tanks, infantry fighting vehicles and other armored vehicles.
The prototype of the vehicle has been developed back in 2001 and many years waited for the Russian Defense Ministry to assign the role for the armoured vehicle in the armed forces.
Previous year, the Terminator 2 has been spotted at the Hmeymim airbase in Syria, demonstrated for Syrian President Bashar Assad by Russian Chief of General Staff Gen. Valery Gerasimov. The Syrian campaign is believed to be the first combat deployment of the armoured vehicle.
The battlefields of the future look set to be the province of robots duking it out on the field as their operators sit pretty, miles away. Russia is moving in leaps and bounds towards fielding its own unmanned forces.
Modern robots are nothing like the Terminator: Fielding human-shaped automatons for combat is much more trouble than it’s worth, so most ground robots are more or less tank- or car-shaped. They aren’t fully controlled by an artificial intelligence, either – not just yet, at least.
With its enormous war budgets and military industrial sector, it’s no surprise the US has been at the forefront of unmanned combat vehicle development. Its Predator drones have been raining death on Pakistan, Afghanistan and Yemen for over 15 years now, and it has been employing small, ground-based firing platforms like SWORDS for years, not to mention the multitude of bomb disposal and surveillance robots.
Russia is rapidly catching up. Within just the last five years, a slew of battle robots of various sizes and purposes have been conceived, developed and have cleared testing. Here are the most prominent examples.
The remote-controlled Nerekhta, created by Degtyaryov Plant and approved for deployment in the Russian army in late 2017, is a modular vehicle based on a small, tracked chassis – 2.6m (8 feet) long and 0.9m (3 feet) tall minus the functional part. It comes in three distinct loadouts: combat, surveillance and transport.
The war machine variant features either a machine gun – which can be the 7.62 Kalashnikov PKT, or the anti-materiel 12.7 Kord – or a 30mm automatic grenade launcher. The surveillance variant is an artillery spotter, equipped with a suite of electronic and optic gear that can pick targets up to 5km away. The transport is little more than a cargo bed with, optionally, a loading crane on top of the chassis.
The Uran-6, which looks like an angry tank-bulldozer hybrid, is already busy clearing mines in Syrian villages liberated from jihadist militants. The squat six-ton vehicle features a variety of tools which can be changed to better suit the terrain, and thick frontal armor to ensure it can withstand a landmine blast in the face.
The Uran-9, currently in the testing phase, looks more like an actual tank, albeit somewhat more compact. It carries a 7.62 machine gun and a 30mm autocannon by default and can also be outfitted with anti-air or anti-tank missiles. It is envisioned as a fire support vehicle, capable of destroying enemy tanks and light fortifications. Its complex electronics allow for some autonomy in combat, like detecting enemy targeting lasers and deploying a smokescreen for cover. The Urans are the flagship product of the relatively unknown 766 UPTK company.
The smart: Soratnik
Screengrab from Kalashnikov.media
Kalashnikov Concern’s Soratnik (‘fellow soldier’) finished testing in 2017. It’s a seven-ton unmanned vehicle capable of autonomously picking, tracking and shooting targets with one of its possible weapons – which can range from an anti-personnel machine gun to anti-tank missiles. The Soratnik’s electronics are designed to network with surveillance drones.
Kalashnikov also unveiled a prototype companion vehicle for the Soratnik in 2017. Dubbed Nakhlebnik (‘hanger-on,’ because funding for it was leeched off Soratnik’s budget) is essentially a scaled-down copy of the Soratnik, armed with only an anti-personnel machine gun. It’s designed to provide cover for its bigger fellow. However, neither of the two are slated for use in the military so far and both will most likely be used as base for further combat robot development projects.
The heaviest of Russia’s perspective combat robots, Vikhr (‘whirlwind’) is a full-sized infantry fighting vehicle (IFV). Stuffed with advanced electronics, it now has full remote control capabilities. At the moment it still takes a crew of three, just like a regular IFV of this type, but work is in progress to optimize controls so that it only requires one operator. In a pinch, the crew can still jump inside and drive the Vikhr as they would a regular IFV.
The Vikhr’s arsenal includes a 30mm autocannon with a coaxial 7.62 machine gun, as well as an anti-tank missile launcher. Situational awareness is provided by on-board cameras, as well as a wing of small drones tethered to the vehicle via radio signal. The Vikhr can be remotely controlled from up to 5km away. The Vikhr is being perfected by the Russian Defense Ministry’s R&D branch together with two prominent research institutions.
These have reportedly seen combat in Syria, fronting the government forces’ advance in Latakia in 2016. Weighing less than a ton (small, as far as deadly war machines go), it carries four one-shot anti-tank RPG tubes and a 7.62 machine gun.
The Platforma-M has a number of drawbacks: armor only effective against small arms fire, a top speed of a mere 12 km/h, and remote control distance of just 1.5km. Still, it gets the job done in a cost-effective way, and is rather simple to control: photos from the field show soldiers steer it with what looks very much like a gaming console gamepad. The Platforma-M was created by the Progress research and technology institute.
Unlike the US, where unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) are used extensively to bomb ground targets (which has led to hundreds of civilian casualties over the years), the Russian military uses them for scouting. A range of small and expendable flying drones, both Soviet- and Russian-developed and imported, have seen heavy duty across the recent years. Footage from Syria shows them used to scope out jihadist targets for pinpoint airstrikes.
Russia’s two top aircraft manufacturers, MiG and Sukhoi, are both developing combat-capable drones, the first of which, made by MiG, are supposed to enter service in 2020.
Again, most research and development in this area is aimed to create surveillance and utility craft, capable of scouting out Russia’s maritime approaches and performing search and rescue operations. One of the key concerns is for the underwater drones to be able to functions autonomously for weeks on end. Russia is currently using a number of imported sea robots, but R&D is scrambling to replace them with domestic models – with an eye particularly on Arctic areas and swarm technologies.
Russia’s ‘Syria tested’ robotic vehicle shows off its firepower (VIDEO)
RT.com 7 May, 2018 07:32
A test-run of Russia’s cutting-edge Uran-9 Unmanned Ground Combat Vehicle has been caught on video. The machine, which has been deployed in Syria, will be among the newcomers in the upcoming V-Day parade in Moscow.
The remote-controlled Uran-9 is seen maneuvering through mud and firing off salvos in the latest video released by Russian Zvezda TV, an official outlet of the defense ministry. The war machine has already been seen at rehearsals for the 2018 V-Day parade, which will take place on May 9 on Red Square.
The sophisticated 12-tonne vehicle is capable of destroying enemy tanks and light fortifications. It is armed with a 30mm 2A72 automatic gun and a 7.62mm PKTM machine gun. It is also equipped with Ataka anti-tank missiles. One of the Uran-9 vehicles featured in the video is fitted with six Shmel-M rocket-propelled anti-personnel flame throwers. To hide its position, the Uran-9 is equipped with a special system which helps it cheat enemy radar.
On Sunday, the Russian Defense Ministry released a video of a test run of the BMPT Terminator tank-support vehicle, another weapon system that will be on display in the Victory Day parade.
Real Russian bots: Syria-tested ground drones to enter service before year’s end – military chief.
RT.com 22 May, 2018 12:42
Three models of ground drones, which proved to be highly useful during Russia’s demining effort in Syria, will be fully introduced in service before the end of the year, the chief of Russian military engineers said.
Three robotic tools helped Russian troops clear booby traps and mines left behind by militants in Syria. They are Uran-6, a remotely-controlled demining vehicle, and two situation awareness systems, the larger Skarabey (Scarab) and Sfera (Sphere). All three systems are to become standard equipment of the military's engineers corps before the end of the year, its commander, Gen. Lt. Yury Stavitsky told journalists on Tuesday.
The Syrian mission also gave ideas to developers of future equipment, the general added.
The Uran-6 drone and a combat ground vehicle Uran-9 were featured during the V-day parade in Moscow earlier this month. Russia usually uses the annual event to showcase weapons systems that are about to enter service as well as hardware already used by the military.
Post by TsarSamuil on Aug 28, 2018 12:47:22 GMT -5
Russia opposes blanket ban on AI weapons, supports international political declaration.
RT.com 16 Aug, 2018 10:26
Russia opposes a complete ban on weapons using artificial intelligence (AI) because such systems do not exist, but will sign an declaration on the issue if it does not contradict its interests, according to a newspaper report.
The business-oriented Russian paper Kommersant Daily reported on Thursday that its journalists had learned that Moscow was ready to support the proposal to start developing a political declaration regulating the development and use of weapons equipped with AI.
The proposal, backed by France, Germany and several other nations, will be discussed at the forthcoming meeting of the 2018 Group of Governmental Experts on Lethal Autonomous Weapons Systems (LAWS) in Geneva, Switzerland. The future declaration is expected to declare the importance of maintaining human control over autonomous weapons systems.
Kommersant’s unnamed sources also said that Russia opposed the possible blanket ban on weapons systems with AI, supported by 26 nations, such as Austria, Brazil and Argentina. The Russian side will also not support “legally binding” restrictions in the field – a diplomatic term that means installing mutual monitoring missions that would control how the parties in the treaty follow their obligations.
The Russian Foreign Ministry has confirmed that Moscow prefers a cautious approach to the issue.
“This is caused by a whole number of circumstances. First of all, it is necessary to take into consideration the fact that we are discussing some technical inventions that have not yet been implemented as working samples.
“The understanding of these systems is very shallow and theoretical. We observe serious troubles even in developing a working definition of LAWS,” the ministry’s representatives said.
“The second thing is the difficulties in distinguishing between the military and civilian artificial intelligence systems,” they added.
“In our opinion, the international law, including its part that covers the humanitarian sphere, can be applied to LAWS as it is and does not require any modernization or adaptation to nonexistent weapons systems,” the Russian diplomats said.
“The Russian laws already have provisions that prevent the deployment of weapons that do not meet the requirements of international agreements of which Russia is a member,” they added.
Russia already has several non-lethal military systems which use elements of AI, like the Galtel underwater reconnaissance robot or the Bylina electronic warfare system.
In September 2017, Russian President Vladimir Putin emphasized the importance of AI research in a speech delivered during an “Open Lesson” event.
“Artificial intelligence is the future, not only for Russia but for humanity as a whole. There are tremendous possibilities and barely forecastable threats in this field. The future leader in it will rule the world,” Putin said.
Post by TsarSamuil on Aug 28, 2018 12:47:53 GMT -5
Walker robot concept among Kalashnikov's latest project revelations.
RT.com 21 Aug, 2018 11:23
Kalashnikov Concern, Russia's most famous weapons manufacturer, is showing off its newest projects, including a new assault rifle and a futuristic mechanized walker concept.
The new hardware is among the 700-odd items on display at the Army-2018 international forum near Moscow. Kalashnikov, known worldwide for its dependable and powerful assault rifles, is also showing off utility vehicles intended for military use.
One is the OV-2 hybrid buggy, a compact four-seater capable of going up to 100 km/h (92mph). It features separate electric engines for the front and the back wheels, and hydraulic shock absorbers. Buggies, light open vehicles intended for difficult terrain, are a comparatively recent addition to the Russian military's stable. A three-seated combat buggy with gun mounts was previously unveiled during last year's Army forum. It remains to be seen if Kalashnikov's new vehicle is also intended for combat use.
Another vehicle on display is Kalashnikov's new SM-1 electric motorcycle. With an austere frame and suspension fit for off-road travel, it has a respectable range of up to 150km (93 miles) and top speed of up to 90 km/h (55mph).
Of course, Kalashnikov wouldn't be Kalashnikov if it didn't treat the public to a new AK model. The prototype AK-308 is a development on the 1990s AK-103 design, combined with 2012's AK-12, one of the most modern firearms used by the Russian army.
It shares key components with the AK-12, but is designed for the more powerful 7.62x51 round, and comes with a 20-round magazine, adjustable stock and telescopic sights.
But the most intriguing of Kalashnikov's displays this year is the concept of a “controlled bipedal walker.” What can only be described as a 4-meter-tall robot with massive feet and T-Rex-like claws is supposedly intended for "engineering and combat solutions," Kalashnikov says on its website.
The design is obviously in very early stages, and the manufacturer has teased that the concept will see further development by next year's Army-2019. The practical implications and feasibility of such a machine remain to be seen.
‘Someone watched too much Robocop’: Kalashnikov’s walker robot causes meme frenzy.
Post by TsarSamuil on Aug 28, 2018 13:14:34 GMT -5
Warfare, rap & shaking hands with Putin: Meet the Russian robots’ futuristic advances.
RT.com 23 Aug, 2018 16:42
Russian engineers this week unveiled the first undersea drone armed with a rifle. The robot is the latest in a line of Russian-made machines conquering battlefields, surgeries, and even the entertainment industry.
With robots set to play an increasingly significant role in our world, engineers from across the globe are developing new types of machines to automate everything from warfare to healthcare. Russia is no exception and is leading the development of robotic systems in some fields.
This week saw engineers from the Russian state-run technology company, Rostec, present an underwater drone unlike any other currently in development by major defense firms. The 'Nerpa' (ringed seal) is an underwater drone that can operate at depths of up to 50m and function autonomously without refueling for four hours, moving at a speed of one knot (1.8kph).
Designed to protect port facilities, bridges, vessels and naval bases from enemy combat divers and terrorists, its unique feature is that it is equipped with an underwater assault rifle. What's more, the firm is already working to fit other types of armaments to it.
In air and space
This year's Victory Day military parade in May introduced two new domestically produced unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) to Russia's arsenal: the rotorcraft Katran and the fixed-wing Korsar, the country's first strike-capable drone.
Russian engineers, however, are already looking further ahead, as they plan to send a robot into space with the humanoid-looking android called FEDOR (Final Experimental Demonstration Object Research).
Created in 2014, it can insert a key, extinguish a fire, get into a car, use a saw, and perform welding operations. At some point, the developers "taught" him to use dual-wield pistols and shoot with both hands.
However, those of you fearing that FEDOR will become a Russian version of the killer robot in Hollywood's 'Terminator' franchise can rest easy. The machine will be launched into orbit as part of a manned mission in 2021.
On the ground
For machines who like to keep their tracks firmly planted on the ground, Russian engineers have produced an impressive list of state-of-the-art vehicles that have already seen action in warzones like Syria.
The Uran-6, a squat, six-ton, remote-controlled machine that looks like an angry tank-bulldozer hybrid, has been developed for safer de-mining operations. Capable of withstanding explosive blasts, it has already seen combat and has been used to clear mines in Syrian villages that were liberated from jihadist militants.
Its more impressive 'big brother,' the Uran-9, was unveiled in May and is designed to destroy enemy tanks and light fortifications. The 12-ton Unmanned Ground Combat Vehicle (UCGV) comes heavily armed with a 30mm 2A72 automatic gun, a 7.62mm PKTM machine gun, Ataka anti-tank missiles, and can even be fitted with Shmel-M rocket-propelled anti-personnel flame throwers.
Another UCGV currently in development is the Soratnik ('Fellow Soldier'). Once operational, it will be able to pick, track, and shoot targets while using data from a network of surveillance drones. Russian engineers are also working on a fully fledged remote-controlled infantry-fighting vehicle (IFV) called the Vikhr ('Whirlwind').
Renowned Russian arms maker Kalashnikov, however, has a taste for more futuristic concepts, with comparisons being made to machines from popular movies. Its four-meter-tall "controlled bipedal walker" that was presented by the company at the Army-2018 expo was likened to ED-209, which faced off against Robocop in the iconic 1987 movie by Paul Verhoeven and AT-ST from 'Star Wars.' The robot is dubbed 'Igoryok,' an informal version of the Russian name Igor.
Saving lives away from battlefield
Off the battlefield, Russian-made robots being developed to assist in complicated surgeries may even surpass advances already made overseas, such as the Da Vinci system developed in the US, according to developers.
One such device allows surgeons to monitor an operation both on 2D and 3D screens, while making only small cuts and incisions. Expected to enter mass production in two years, it is hoped that the robot will perform well in the fields of urology and gynecology, with heart surgery another possibility, provided it's under the supervision of an experienced doctor.
Fighting robots have been a mainstay of UK entertainment since the classic 'Robot Wars' first aired on TV in 1998, and Russian enthusiasts have started to get involved. In a taste of what may soon become a regular feature, a recent event in St. Petersburg saw a real "gladiator battle" between steel machines armed with axes, hammers and other 'hellish' weapons. A Russian team claimed victory over an English one in a fierce battle marked by clangs of metal, breathtaking speed and no mercy for the defeated.
For those looking for something a little less violent, robot rappers may soon be entertaining fans. In late 2017, two Russian-made robots faced off in a rap battle at Moscow Technological Institute (MTI). The two gleaming-white human-sized androids fitted were with voice recognition modules, as well as cameras that can photograph and then recognize up to 1,000 people. They also had a memory bank filled with 100,000 specific phrases, which they used in a verbal battle for the amusement of spectators.
Future is now
The pace of robotic development in Russia has been so fast-paced that even lawmakers are suggesting that special regulations may be required in the near future.
Calling issues of artificial intelligence a "top priority," State Duma speaker Vyacheslav Volodin said in 2017 that the "question of relations between humans and artificial intelligence, between a human and a robot, is the question that we will have to describe in our bills in the nearest future."
One robot that has already had a brush with politics is Promobot, which introduced itself and shook hands with none other than President Vladimir Putin last September, when the Russian leader visited a tech exhibition in the city of Perm.
Post by TsarSamuil on Aug 28, 2018 13:16:28 GMT -5
Syria-tested Russian battle robot buffed with 12 flamethrowers (PHOTOS)
RT.com 25 Aug, 2018 18:50
Russia’s Uran-9 battle bot, which was successfully tested on the Syrian battlefield, has been considerably beefed up, new photos reveal. The formidable vehicle has now been fitted with 12 anti-personnel flamethrowers.
The upgraded Uran-9 Unmanned Ground Combat Vehicle has been spotted at the Army-2018 forum, which is being held outside Moscow near the city of Kubinka. It’s being displayed at the Kalashnikov Corporation’s pavilion.
The machine has apparently received 12 Shmel-M man-portable rocket launchers classified as Rocket-propelled Infantry Flamethrower by their maker. Those can be fitted with destructive thermobaric and incendiary warheads. The flamethrowers are fitted on top of the vehicle’s turret into two, presumably revolving, assemblies and appear to be a permanent add-on to the robot’s firepower.
The 12-tonne vehicle has also retained its main armament, allowing it to take on tanks and light fortifications. Uran-9 has a 30mm 2A72 automatic gun, a 7.62mm PKTM machine gun, as well as four Ataka anti-tank guided missiles. The robot can be also fitted with Igla MANPADs, boosting the anti-aircraft capabilities of the unit it’s deployed with.
Uran-9 has been successfully tested during Russia’s anti-terrorism campaign in Syria. The machine “showed itself well” in combat, according to the Defense Ministry. Other robotic novelties, which saw real action in the country, include its demining ‘cousin’ of the combat robot, Uran-6, as well as two situation awareness systems, the larger Skarabey and tiny Sfera bots.
Post by TsarSamuil on Oct 11, 2018 23:57:32 GMT -5
Vikhr: Reborn as Robot. Russian UGV equipped with drones and a precision battle module.
RT Documentary Oct 7, 2018
Russia’s classic Vikhr ВMP-3 Infantry Fighting Vehicle has been redesigned to be fully autonomous. Now with the help of a drone and six cameras, the VIKHR can be remotely controlled from the safety of a bunker. Combat Approved checks out VIKHR’s 7.62 machine gun, AGS-17 grenade launcher and its massive 30mm cannon.
Post by TsarSamuil on Oct 15, 2018 13:14:16 GMT -5
Prokhod: Armour-plated Minesweeping Robot. Remote bomb-neutralizing & movement in automatic mode.
RT Documentary Oct 14, 2018
The tried and tested BMP-3 Infantry Fighting Vehicle, and a state-of-the-art robotic mine-clearing system combine to make Russia’s hardware innovation - the Prokhod. It’s an armoured vehicle that can destroy explosives while driving itself. It can also be steered by a driver inside or from a remote control point. Equipped with a modern TMT-C mine trawl and a 12.7-mm machine gun, Prokhod can provide a safe 4-metre wide passage through any minefield.
Post by TsarSamuil on Jan 24, 2019 14:40:48 GMT -5
Russian bots: Armed Uran-9 ground drones enter service.
RT.com 24 Jan, 2019 12:43
The Uran-9 robotic armed vehicle has quietly entered military service, it’s producer has revealed. The 12-ton tracked ground drone was tested in Syria before being signed into mass production.
The drone is one of several products from a company called 766 UPDK, but control over it was recently transferred to Kalashnikov Concern, a leading Russian arms producer. In a recent interview Kalashnikov boss, Vladimir Dmitriev, said the robotic weapon system has been finally been accepted by the Russian military.
“We are currently completing the production of the first series lot,” he told Russian journalists. “The Urans have a good scientific and technological potential for developing further products.”
There are three Uran drones at the moment, the mine swiping Uran-6, the armed Uran-9 and the firefighting Uran-14. The fighting variant is armed with a 30-mm autocannon, a 7.62 mm machine gun and rockets with anti-tank and incendiary warheads. It can conduct reconnaissance missions or provide fire support to human troops.
The drawback of its relatively small size and mass is that it lacks the armor and active defense systems of a full-sized tank and may be vulnerable to portable anti-tank weapons, when the enemy has them, RT’s military expert Mikhail Khodarenok says.
Russian troops tested Uran-9s in Syria, and according to Dmitriev, the experience helped find new ways of improving the drone before starting mass production.
Russian ‘drone killer’ to complete trials in November 2019 – military.
RT.com 8 Mar, 2019 16:41
If there are “killer drones” then there should be “drone killers” too. Russia’s Defense Ministry said tests of its new robotic air defense system are expected to be concluded by the end of the year.
Military analysts warn that small and cheap UAVs will change the future of warfare, and Russia’s response to the challenge is called Derivatsiya-PVO.
“The state tests of the system are expected to be completed in November,” Russia’s Defense Ministry said, as cited by its media outlet, Zvezda.
Armed with five types of ammunition, including multifunctional remotely-programmed projectiles which detonate near the target, Derivatsiya-PVO has already been labelled the “drone killer” by the media.
But it’s not only the UAVs that are in jeopardy as the system will also be able to eliminate planes, helicopters, cruise missiles as well as single shells and lightly armored targets on the ground.
Derivatsiya-PVO features an unmanned “combat module” mounted on a platform of a BMP-3 armored vehicle.
Its tracking system can detect and open fire at enemy targets from the spot, in motion and while in the air.
The 57-mm gun is capable of hitting objects and projectiles at a distance of 6km (3.8 miles) and at a height of up to 4.5km (2.8 miles).
The state-of-the-art system was first presented to the public by the Burevestnik Central Research Institute during the Army-2018 expo last summer. It’s intended to strengthen the tactical air defense units of Russia’s ground forces.
The Russian Armed Forces continue preparations for future conflicts involving large quantities of unmanned aerial and ground vehicles, as well as with other robotized platforms.
On November 10, the Russian Defense Ministry’s Zvezda TV channel revealed the military autonomous robotic complex “Kungas”, which is currently undergoing tests in the 12th Central Research Institute of the Russian Defense Ministry. The institute was created in the early 1950s for testing military equipment resistance to various damaging factors, including those arising from a nuclear explosion. The experimental base allows for the simulation of a super powerful shock wave and strong electromagnetic fields.
The “Kungas” includes 5 unmanned ground vehicles: a “man-portable” robot, a “light” robot, a “transportable” robot, a Nerekhta combat robot, and a robotic version of the BTR-MDM Shell armoured personnel carrier.
Russia’s new REMOTE-CONTROLLED self-propelled artillery unit is shown in action for the first time (VIDEO)
RT.com 17 Dec, 2019 13:47
The 2S38 self-propelled gun can shower all types of enemies with explosive shells while having no crew inside its turret. The weapon is currently being tested for combat in freezing cold weather.
The cutting-edge artillery unit, also known as ‘Derivatsiya,’ features a fully automated turret which is operated remotely by the machine’s three-man crew. While the 57mm gun is essentially an anti-aircraft piece, it’s also able to strike land targets with high precision.
The versatile weapon is said to be capable of destroying almost any type of enemy targets: from piercing light-armored hardware with explosive shells on the ground and against attacking ships, to shooting down drones and incoming cruise missiles.
The footage of the 2S38 in action was shown by the Zvezda TV channel, which is affiliated with the Defense Ministry, on Tuesday.
The weapon is undergoing trials in Nizhny Novgorod, some 400km from Moscow. The artillery piece was brought there specifically to simulate combat in a cold environment.
The vehicle was first displayed at an arms expo outside Moscow last year.
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