Moscow has revealed that it has started to seriously prepare for future drone wars. During the “West-2021” exercise at the western borders, monitored by Russian President Vladimir Putin, the Kremlin used the artificial intelligence “Platforma-M” infantry robot for the first time.
9 WITHIN REACH
Since September 9, the joint exercise between Russia and its neighbor Belarus has taken place in nine firing ranges close to the western borders. Armenia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, India and Mongolia are also participating in the exercise, which is led by two strategic partner countries, with a limited military quota. NATO countries, on the other hand, did not even send observers to Russia’s show of force with the “We were not invited” statement.
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Infantry fighting robot
The biggest surprise of Exercise “West-2021” was the infantry warfare robot “Platforma-M” which first landed on the ground. This robot, whose development began in 2015, was presented as a separate combat unit with artificial intelligence. The use of the intelligent robot for the first time in the Kaliningrad region, which is separated from the Russian mainland, was interpreted as a solution to possible problems sending troops here. According to the statement from the Russian Defense Ministry, the robot, which has been tested in conditions close to real combat, has been successfully tested in operations against aggressive terrorists within the borders of the colony, from destruction of supposed enemy armored vehicles and lead soldiers into minefields.
The “Platforma-M” infantry fighting robot was designed as a tracked vehicle reminiscent of a miniature tank. Reaching a weight of 800 kilograms with its weaponry, the robot can operate at a distance of 1.5 kilometers for 10 hours. The operator seated in the command center can direct the robot towards the target. The main curious feature of the “Platforma-M” war robot is that it is said to have artificial intelligence. According to the Russian side’s claim, using artificial intelligence algorithms on the robot, it can distinguish between friend and foe in the field and open fire on the enemy without getting permission from the center . There are four rocket launchers on the vehicle, which can be used against armored vehicles, and a Kalashnikov brand automatic weapon that shoots 7.62 millimeter bullets to destroy enemy soldiers. The weight of military equipment on the robot is about 300 kilograms.
ADVANCED TECHNOLOGY MESSAGE
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The “Forpost” unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV), which Russia went to great lengths to build, especially after the Second Karabakh War, was also used for the first time in the exercise. The “stealth” characteristic of the Russian unmanned aerial vehicle, which has the ability to stay in the air for a long time, was highlighted. The Russian Defense Ministry said the “Forpost” vehicle equipped with a series of spy observation systems will be used for target detection in modern wars.
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200 THOUSAND SOLDIERS PARTICIPATED
Exercise “West-2021”, carried out jointly by Russia and Belarus, is one of the biggest shows of force in recent years.
200,000 soldiers, 80 planes and helicopters, 760 armored vehicles including 290 tanks, 240 guns and 15 warships in the Baltic Sea are participating in the exercise.
Stating that the current exercise is of great importance to Belarus rather than to Russia, Belarus Chief of General Staff Gen. Viktor Gulevic said, “With this exercise we are showing to the West that they can not speak the language of force with Belarus, Russia and the other countries of the Collective Security Treaty Organization (CSTO).
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The Russian Defense Ministry, on the other hand, used more moderate expressions and announced that the “West-2021” exercise did not target third countries.
UKRAINE ARMY TAKES FOUR TURKISH UAV
UKRAINE Chief of Staff Valeriy Zalujny has announced plans to purchase 4 more Bayraktar TB2-type unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) complexes for 2021-2022. In a statement to the Report news agency, Zalujny recalled that they had added a 1 TB2 drone complex to their inventory this year. Stating that they plan to purchase 4 more complexes for 2021-2022, Zalujny said: “We also intend to include these drones in our inventory as domestic production in the future.” The Ukrainian armed forces purchased 6 Bayraktar TB2 drones and 3 ground control stations from Turkey in 2019. In July, 1 TB2 drone complex was sent to the Ukrainian Navy.
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ISRAELL HAS INTRODUCED ITS OWN WAR ROBOT
ISRAELL has developed a new robotic ground combat vehicle. The four-wheel-drive and four-wheel-drive robot was manufactured by the “REX MKII” department of the state-owned Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI). Rani Avni, vice president of the company’s autonomous systems division, noted that the robot, which can be controlled by a tablet, can be equipped with two machine guns, cameras and sensors. This robot, which is guided by a remote control, is intended for use in tasks such as patrolling, reconnaissance and tracking. Until now, the IDF has used a smaller robotic vehicle called a “Jaguar” to patrol the Gaza border and enforce the blockade.
NORTH KOREA OVERCOMES UN BAN WITH NAVIGATION MISSILE
NORTH Korea has tested its new “long-range cruise missile”, the Korean state agency said the tests were successful. According to official media, the test took place on Saturday and Sunday, and in both attempts, the missiles traveled more than 1,500 km, in about two hours. This range includes most of Japan. UK broadcaster BBC wrote that the test did not violate the United Nations Security Council’s ballistic missile ban, as the cruise missile was tested. Ballistic missiles are rocket-assisted and follow a curved path in orbit, while cruise missiles are propelled by jet engines and fly at much lower altitudes.