The MRP-300 robotic platform, jointly developed by the Defense Ministry’s Main Robotics Research and Test Center and the scientific-research center ROKAD, features three pairs of flexibly conjoined wheels enabling it to move in a wave-pattern just as caterpillars do.
“The MRP-300 platform is currently undergoing factory production to run until the end of this year,” a Defense Ministry official told the newspaper. He added that the new robot was already being considered for use by rescue units, chemical and radiobiological defense forces and army engineers.
The 2-meter-long robot will also have onboard gas and radiation analyzers, as well as video cameras.
The MRP-300 can move on wheels and also in a step-by-step caterpillar pattern which allows it to overcome sand and deep snow and move through swamps.
“For rescue, demining and chemical reconnaissance robots working amid the rubble of a combat damaged city, high cross-country capacity is of paramount importance,” military expert Oleg Zheltonozhko told Izvestia.
He added that unlike its foreign counterparts, the MRP-300 can haul hundreds of kilograms of cargoes and negotiate piles of rubble three times as high.