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Russian Battle Robots Pass Military Trials

Sputnik News

16:21 14.05.2015(updated 16:23 14.05.2015)

Battle robots capable of destroying both tanks and human soldiers have successfully passed military trials in southern Russia.

Russia's Uran family of multirole battle robots have successfully passed military tests at the Novorossiysk proving grounds, a source in the military industry told RIA Novosti.

Unlike previous trials which tested the robots on an individual basis, this exercise had the battle robots work together as military units. The robots were controlled from a command center far away from the exercise site, according to the source.

'During tests at the Rayevsky proving grounds, engineering reconnaissance as well as the destruction of targets using machine guns and automatic cannons were tested. At the final stage of the exercises, battle robots practiced destroying armored equipment using anti-tank guided missiles,' the source said.

The exercises were visited by Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu, Army General Staff head Valery Gerasimov and several other high-ranking military officers.

Two of the Uran family robots will be demonstrated at the Army-2015 expo, including the mine-clearing robot and the firefighting robot, although armed robots are not mentioned in the press release.


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