RUS­SIAN MOD PLANS TO PRO­CURE MINE CLEAR­ANCE RO­BOTS

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The Rus­sian Min­istry of De­fence re­vealed plans to de­ploy robotic sys­tems for mu­ni­tions dis­posal and mine clear­ance op­er­a­tions in the bat­tle­field, tak­ing sol­diers away from dan­ger­ous sit­u­a­tions. The MoD is­sued an in­vi­ta­tion to ten­der, re­quest­ing the pro­duc­tion of new types of weapons and mil­i­tary hard­ware, including ro­bots. Cur­rently be­ing con­sid­ered is the pro­cure­ment of civil­ian robotic equip­ment, including snow and swamp-travers­ing ve­hi­cles, Yel-10 and Yel-4 fire­fight­ing com­plexes and LUF-60 tracked fire­fight­ing sup­port units. Robo­ti­sa­tion of crit­i­cal mil­i­tary mis­sions is not only ex­pected to pro­tect sol­diers, but also re­sults in RUR75bn ($2.4bn) as cost sav­ings to the min­istry be­tween 2012 and 2014.

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