Russia Attached 12 Flamethrowers To A “Battle Bot” And Set It Loose In Syria

Monday, August 27, 2018
By Paul Martin

by Tyler Durden
Mon, 08/27/2018

Russia has created a 12-ton “battle bot” which has been equipped with 12 Shmel-M man-portable rocket launchers classified as Rocket-propelled Infantry Flamethrower by their maker. Those can be fitted with destructive thermobaric and incendiary warheads.

The flamethrowers are fitted on top of the vehicle’s turret into two, presumably revolving, assemblies and appear to be a permanent add-on to the robot’s firepower, reports state-owned news agency Tass.

The “Uran-9” battle bot can also be configured with the standard armament of four “Ataka” anti-tank missiles, as well as 7.62mm and 30-millimeter guns.

As RT adds, the 12-tonne vehicle has also retained its main armament, allowing it to take on tanks and light fortifications. Uran-9 has a 30mm 2A72 automatic gun, a 7.62mm PKTM machine gun, as well as four Ataka anti-tank guided missiles. The robot can be also fitted with Igla MANPADs, boosting the anti-aircraft capabilities of the unit it’s deployed with.

While Russia says it has tested the bot in Syria and it “showed itself well,” according to Defense Blog – citing a presentation at a February Russian security conference, the battle bot performed poorly. In addition to losing contact with ground control stations, the Uran-9 reportedly suffered from an unreliable gun and suspension system, and had difficulty targeting while in motion.

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