BAS-01G Soratnik “Comrade-in-Arms"
The BAS-01G Soratnik Soratnik ("Comrade-in-arms") Unmanned Ground Vehicle (UGV) was developed by the Kalashnikov group. The Soratnik is the first robotic fighting vehicle developed and built by the Kalashnikov Concern. The system is designed for reconnaissance, fire support, patrols and protection of areas and important facilities, as well as mine clearance and obstacle clearing. This is an armored tracked vehicle equipped with computer control system. Soratnik can operate in conjunction with other automated combat units, including ZALA AERO unmanned aircraft.
The armored tracked vehicle Soratnik is designed for reconnaissance, retransmission, patrolling and guarding of territories and important facilities and demining. Soratnik operates in three modes of control, the weight of the UCGV does not exceed 7 tons, it can reach speeds of up to 40 km/h. With remote control and line of sight, the range of the vehicle is up to 10 km.
A MBDU Remote Controlled Weapon Station can be installed on the Soratnik UGV, which was also developed by the Kalashnikov Concern and demonstrated at the RAE-2015 exhibition, mounted on a heavy-duty armored vehicle Ural-53099 Typhoon-U. In the weapone station, four types of weapons can be installed, such as a 12.7 mm and 7.62 mm machine gun, a 30 mm AG-17A grenade launcher, and a new 40 mm automatic grenade launcher. In addition, up to four hand grenade launchers are possible for installing. The weapon station is equipped with gyroscopic stabilization of armament and can detection, accompany and destroy targets, determining their type. As an armament, it is possible to install an ATGM of the Kornet-EM type.
The Soratnik Unmanned Combat Ground Vehicle (UCGV) was tested in conditions that were as close as possible to combat. It is reported that the tests took place in Syria. The air temperature was extremely hot. "Soratnik UCGV was tested in conditions as close as possible to combat. These tests confirmed the characteristics of the complex and proved the possibility of using this robotic system at an air temperature above 30 degrees Celsius,” the press service of the Kalashnikov concern reported. They clarified that the scientific and technical experience that was obtained in the development and creation of Soratnik, as well as the results of its tests, will form the basis of advanced combat robotic complexes.
Soratnik was first unveiled at live fire Land Force drills outside Moscow December 2016. "What we presented at the Army [2016 forum] was still an experimental model. We are now actively working with the Defense Ministry, finalizing the system and expecting to receive the first serial machine this year," Krivoruchko said at the IDEX-2017 arms fair in the UAE 21 February 2017.
American analyst Samuel Bendett from CNA (Center for Naval Analysis) called the developed "Kalashnikov" combat automated system "Companion" is not mature enough, The National Interest reported in January 2018. For this reason, the expert notes, Russia will not export new weapons in the near future. "In the end, the Russians did not take them (new combat automated systems) for their own weapons, because the technology is still not mature enough to talk about the safe export", - believes Bendetto. The expert notes that "Companion" is an example of weapons, which in the future are going to equip the Russian army. Such systems, in Bendett's opinion, in conjunction with drones will be useful for protecting the northern and eastern borders of the country.
|Max. road speed (km/h)||40|
|Max. road range (km)||400|
|Main weapon caliber (mm)||12.7|
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