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Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP20 Jun 2018 8:03 p.m. PST

"The Uran-9 lost contact with its controllers, maneuvered badly on broken terrain.

The results are in on the Russia's Uran-9 combat drone and its baptism of fire, and it isn't good. Uran-9, bristling with guns and missiles, may look impressive but it has trouble with the fundamentals not only of armored warfare but warfare by remote control. The remote controlled combat vehicle lost contact with ground control stations, suffered from an unreliable gun and suspension system, and could not target enemies while on the move.

The problems were brought to light at a Russian security conference, "Actual Problems of Protection and Security" at the N.G. Kuznetsov Naval Academy in St. Petersberg. A.P. Anisimov, Senior Research Officer, the 3rd Central Research Institute of the Russian Defence Ministry, reported on Russia's recent deployment of the Uran-9 unmanned ground vehicle (UGV) to Syria, where it had its combat debut…."


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PMC31721 Jun 2018 12:44 a.m. PST

Shock! New technology suffers teething troubles.

I have no doubt that these lessons will be digested and acted upon, and that the next generation of these drone vehicles will be much more effective.

pzivh43 Supporting Member of TMP21 Jun 2018 3:08 a.m. PST

Agree. The more experience gained, the better these will get. Kind of scary.

Andy ONeill21 Jun 2018 3:22 a.m. PST

What you need is some sort of on board ai so it can keep on going whilst out of contact.

Personal logo x42brown Supporting Member of TMP21 Jun 2018 4:14 a.m. PST

A failure often teaches much more than a success. They are using the conflict to learn.


emckinney21 Jun 2018 8:03 a.m. PST

"That having been said, the UGV was not a vital part of the fighting and the whole point of sending the systems to a combat zone was to expose flaws that might not show up in peacetime. Uran-9 might be a failure, but the concept itself is promising. If Russia's defense industry can fix the problems Moscow could have a dependable, lethal robot on its hands and a real threat to NATO forces."

The article already said that

Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP21 Jun 2018 9:36 a.m. PST



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