Russia integrated its Uran-9 combat robot into a large scale warfare exercise for the first time at Zapad 2021.
Zapad, is meaining “west,” and focuses on Russia’s Western Military District and Belarus and includes areas under the Northern Fleet’s Joint Strategic Command. Strategic exercises of this type are capstone training events for the Russian military and rotate every year (since 2009) between zapad (west), vostok (east), tsentr (center), and Kavkaz (Caucasus). Consequently, Zapad takes place every four years. Each exercise focuses on one of these strategic directions and is led by that military district’s Joint Strategic Command. Zapad intermingles military training for regional or large-scale war, demonstrations of capability, and political signaling.
The Uran-9 is a tracked unmanned combat ground vehicle (UCGV) developed and produced by JSC 766 UPTK (currently by Kalashnikov Concern), and promoted and offered by Rosoboronexport for the international market.
According to a release by Rosoboronexport, the system designed to deliver combined combat, reconnaissance and counter-terrorism units with remote reconnaissance and fire support.
The armament consists of a 2A72 mod ABM M30-M3 autocannon from Impul’s 2 (Sevastopol’) along Russian artillery and other producers, four ATGMs of the Ataka or other type, also Igla or Strela SAMs, FCS, cam IR sensors, laser rangefinder and other means for detection.
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