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A new Russian unmanned ground vehicle (UGV) has been unveiled at the Army 2016 military technical forum.
Designated as an unmanned combat ground vehicle (UCGV), the Vikhr (Whirlwind) is based on the BMP-3 infantry fighting vehicle (IFV).
"The fully modular combat UCGV is based on the BMP-3, as this IFV features a reliable and easy-to-maintain chassis. However, it can be integrated with other types of armoured combat vehicles with a combat weight of 7-15 tonnes, for instance, modified BMP-1 and BMP-2 IFVs, Ural heavy trucks, or BTR-80 armoured personnel carriers [APCs]," an industry source told IHS Jane's . He added that Vikhr is intended for fire support and combat reconnaissance on the battlefield.
The vehicle is equipped with an advanced remote-control sensor package device that includes electo-optic suite an automatic target tracking device, a laser rangefinder, a thermal imager, and a ballistic computer.
Vikhr is armed with a stabilised 30 mm Shipunov 2A72 automatic cannon, a coaxial 7.62 mm Kalashnikov PKT/PKTM machine gun, and six ready-to-launch 9M133M Kornet-M (AT-14 Spriggan) anti-tank guided missiles.
"The 2A72 main gun of the Vikhr robotic system can be replaced by single or twin-barrel 23 mm 2A14 anti-aircraft cannon, 12.7 mm NSVT or Kord heavy machine guns, or a 30 mm GSh-6-30K six-barrel naval automatic cannon. The vehicle can use surface-to-air missiles of Igla [SA-18 Grouse] or 9K333 Verba man-portable air defence systems, as well as Shmel-M reactive flamethrowers. We can also integrate foreign artillery systems with the Vikhr vehicle," the source said.
According to official data, Vikhr has a combat weight of 14.7 tonnes, a payload capacity of 4 tonnes, an operating range of 600 km, a maximum road speed of 60 km/h, a swimming speed of 10 km/h, and can be remote controlled to a distance of 10 km. The vehicle's combat module weighs 1,450 kg.
Source: Jane's Defense.