Igor Korotchenko, editor-in-chief of the Russian magazine Natsionalnaya Oborona (National Defense) has published the first-ever photos of Russia's advanced biomorphic combat robot on his Twitter page; it looks something like a mule.
"A mule-like robot equipped with machine guns and grenade launchers", according to this tweet.
— Игорь Коротченко (@i_korotchenko) 22 апреля 2016 г.
The publication came after a few weeks after media reports said that work is in full swing in Russia to create a state-of-the-art biomorphic combat robot which will walk on four "legs" and will be armed with a machine gun and guided antitank missiles.
Еще фото робота-мула с вооружением pic.twitter.com/2AWrnCnfgC— Игорь Коротченко (@i_korotchenko) 22 апреля 2016 г.
The reports said at the time that such a robotic system is designed to be used as a reconnaissance device, a platform for the transportation of armaments and ammunition, as well as for the detection of minefields and even weapons. Additionally, this robot, which the initial reports said resembled a lynx, will be capable of evacuating the dead and wounded from battlefields.
The 400-kg robot is expected to move at a speed of up to 15 kilometers per hour on flat terrain, and 10 kilometers per hour on uneven surfaces. State tests of the system are scheduled for 2019.