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Russian forces testing "Soratnik", tracked unmanned combat ground vehicle

BAS-01G Soratnik ("Сomrade-in-arms") Unmanned Ground Vehicle (UGV), developed by Kalashnikov group, is intended for combat reconnaissance, fire support of soldiers on the battlefield, mine clearance, logistics operations, and patrolling. The UCGV has a combat weight of about 7,000 kg, an operational range of 400 km, a maximum road speed of 40 km/h, and a remote control distance of 10 km. It can work in direct control, semi-automatic, and fully automatic modes. The Soratnik's optoelectronic suite allows target detecting at a 2,500 m distance. The robot is complemented by two tactical reconnaissance unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV) designed by ZALA Aero (a subsidiary of the Kalashnikov group). Soratnik can be armed with 7.62mm Kalashnikov PKT/PKTM machinegun, 12.7mm 6P49 Kord heavy machinegun, or 30mm AG-17A Plamya (Flame) automatic grenade launcher (AGL). Also the newest 40mm 6G27 Balkan AGL. The UCGV is armed with eight ready-to-launch 9M133M Kornet-EM anti-tank guided missiles in the anti-tank configuration,

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