Russian media have reported that troops have started to receive unmanned Uran-6 mine-clearing and Uran-9 anti-tank vehicles.
“During the year, the District’s engineering units received a batch of the latest Uran-6 and Uran-9 robotized systems that make it possible to carry out dangerous operations in a remote-controlled mode, the BMR-3MA armored mine-clearance vehicle and other most advanced types of military hardware,” the press office said in a statement reported here.
According to the outlet, the Uran-6 weighs up to 6 tonnes and is mounted on a light tracked platform is designated to make breaches in minefields and carry out area mine clearance. The Uran-9 weighs 12 tonnes is designed to conduct reconnaissance, provide fire support and destroy tanks. It is armed with a 30mm 2A72 automatic gun, a 7.62mm machine-gun, a Shmel-M rocket flamethrower and Ataka anti-tank missiles.
The Uran-9 was first deployed during the Syrian Civil War, though according to a performance report of the 3rd Central Research Institute of the Ministry of Defence of the Russian Federation, the tank functioned poorly, and was unable to perform many of the missions assigned to it.