Russia’s Uran-9 robotic combat system hits international market
by Ryan Maass
Washington (UPI) Jan 01, 2016
Rosoboronexport, a subsidiary of Russian state-owned corporation Rostec, will begin promoting the Uran-9 multipurpose robotic combat system on the international market.
The Uran-9 was developed to provide remote reconnaissance and fire support for deployed units, with the goal of reducing troop casualties during counter-terror operations in urban environments. The unit consists of two recon and fire support robots, a mobile control post, and a tractor to provide transportation.
“This is a fast-growing segment of the arms market, so Rosoboronexport will develop and implement a long-term marketing strategy for promoting such pieces of hardware, including as part of integrated security projects,” Rosoboronexport Analysis and Long-Term Planning Department head Boris Simakin said in a statement.
The company says the device’s armament will vary by customer, but comes equipped with a 30mm 2A72 automatic cannon, a coaxial 7.62mm machine gun, and Ataka anti-tank guided missiles. The robots also come with threat detection capabilities, including a laser warning system, as well as target detection, identification and tracking gear.
30mm 2A72 automatic cannon
30mm 2A72 automatic cannon. The 2A72 has a rate of fire of 350 to 400 rounds per minute – far lower than the 2A42’s 550 to 800 rounds per minute but still double that of its immediate competitors’. This was the result of a deliberate compromise to reduce the weight of the cannon assembly, reduce recoil and simplify the action for maximum reliability and minimum upkeep. The 2A72’s receiver assembly is extremely compact. The entire cannon weighs only 84kg as a whole, nearly half that of the Mk44 (156kg), a contemporary semi-automatic 30mm chaingun autocannon. The barrel weighs 36kg and measures 2500mm in length. The entire unit is 3006mm long. The light weight and thinness of the barrel can prove to be something of an issue if firing for prolonged periods due to barrel warping and elongation, which can interfere with the ballistic properties of fired projectiles. The 2A72 features forward ejection and can be fired in either single-shot or in automatic mode. This cannon is simpler, more efficient and lighter than its predecessor, the 2A42, and it is also able to extract fumes much more efficiently. Source thesovietarmourblog.blogspot.com
PKT machine-gun 7.62mm machine-gun
All Russian MBTs are traditionally equipped with a 7.62mm machine-gun mounted coaxially with the main armament. The PKT machine-gun (Pulemyot Kalashnikova Tankovyi, Kalashnikov Machine-gun Tank version) is used in this role since 1962 when it was introduced instead of the older Goryunov SGMT MG. The differences from the PK unified MG include removal of stock and sights, longer and heavier barrel to facilitate higher rate of fire, solenoid electric trigger, gas regulator and several others. PKT permits only automatic fire, is belt-fed, and the ammo box holds 250 rounds. Direct fire range: 650 m (at running target) Effective range: 1,500 m Maximum range: 4,000 m. Rate of fire: 700 .. 800 (250 practical) rds/min Source fofanov.armor.kiev.ua
The Ataka missile, which carries the Russian designation 9M120 and NATO designation AT-9, is an upgraded version of the Shturm missile. It is fired from existing Shturm launch vehicles. The Ataka has a longer range of 6,000m and is slightly heavier. Warhead options include a tandem shaped-charge HEAT (high explosive anti-tank) warhead for deployment against advanced main battle tanks provided with explosive reactive armour (ERA), a blast warhead to defeat light armoured vehicles, field fortifications and small ships and a rod warhead to engage helicopters and other air targets. Source army-technology.com
The missile has the Russian Federation and Associated States (CIS) designation 9M120 and is available in three versions:
(1) 9M120 with tandem High Explosive Anti-Tank (HEAT) warhead to defeat MBTs fitted with Explosive Reactive Armour (ERA) systems
(2) 9M120F1 with thermobaric (such as, fuel-air explosive) type warhead for use against static targets such as bunkers
(3) 9A220 with continuous rod High Explosive (HE) warhead containing impact and proximity laser fuzing for air-to-air use. Source army-guide.com