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    State-of-the-art robotic systems have already become an essential part of the Russian Armed Forces, where they typically take on the most hazardous work, according to the Russian news network Zvezda.

    The past five years have seen an ever-increasing number of advanced combat robots enter service with the Russian Armed Forces, where they are tasked with implementing the most hazardous missions, the Russian news network Zvezda reported.

    In this vein, it is worth mentioning the Uran-9 robotic system, a tracked unmanned combat ground vehicle which is being developed and produced by the state-run Russian corporation Rostec for the international market.

    The Uran-9 is designed to provide remote reconnaissance and fire support for deployed units, with the goal of reducing troop casualties during counter-terror operations in urban environments. The system includes two recon and fire support robots, a mobile control post, and a tractor to provide transportation.

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    The Uran-9 system

    The armament consists of a 30mm 2A72 automatic cannon, a coaxial 7.62mm machine gun, and Ataka anti-tank guided missiles. The Uran-9 is also equipped with threat detection capabilities, including a laser warning system, as well as target detection, identification and tracking gear.

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    The Uran-9 robotic systems

    Also of particular interest is the Uran-6, a multipurpose demining robot which is powerful enough to replace 20 sappers.  It can be remotely operated from a safe distance of about one kilometer.

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    The Uran-6 robotic system

    "Armed" with bulldozer blades and trawls, the Uran-6 detects, identifies and destroys mines containing up to 60 kilograms of TNT. Its companion, the Uran-14, is an obstacle-breeching and fire-fighting robot.

    During last year's military expo in the town of Nizhny Tagil in Russia's Ural Mountains, the organizers unveiled a wide array of futuristic robots, such as an unmanned reconnaissance helicopter and a tracked robotic system armed with missiles and machine guns.


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