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Soratnik Unmanned Combat Ground Vehicle (UCGV) was tested in Syria


The Kalashnikov Corporation, the producer of the famous Kalashnikov assault rifle and a subsidiary of Russia’s state hi-tech corporation Rostec, is developing an advanced reconnaissance and attack system , the BAS-01G BM Soratnik unmanned combat ground vehicles. It became known that the Soratnik Unmanned Combat Ground Vehicle (UCGV) was tested in conditions that were as close as possible to combat. It is reported that the tests took place in Syria. The air temperature was extremely hot. Soratnik UCGV was tested in conditions as close as possible to combat. These tests confirmed the characteristics of the complex and proved the possibility of using this robotic system at an air temperature above 30 degrees Celsius.

The armored tracked vehicle Soratnik is designed for reconnaissance, retransmission, patrolling and guarding of territories and important facilities and demining. Soratnik operates in three modes of control, the weight of the UCGV does not exceed 7 tons, it can reach speeds of up to 40 km/h. With remote control and line of sight, the range of the vehicle is up to 10 km.

On the tracked platform can be integrated guns of caliber of 7.62 mm and 12.7 mm, as well as an AG-17A automatic grenade launcher of the caliber of 30 mm. The weapon station is equipped with gyroscopic stabilization of weapons and is able to independently detect, track and destroy targets, determining their type. In addition, it is possible to install eight anti-tank guided missiles of the type Kornet-EM on the Soratnik. The UCGV can also work in conjunction with drone.

BAS-01G BM Soratnik is a small squad-level tactical UCGV intended for limited support of troops on the battlefield, as it is basically armed with small arms and light weapons (SALW). However, the vehicle demonstrates the latest achievements of Kalashnikov in the area of unmanned vehicles. In 2015-2016, the company acquired ZALA Aero, one of the most prominent UAVs manufacturers in Russia and the Rybinsk Shipyard, a builder of fast attack craft (FAC). Therefore, Soratnik is believed to be one more element of the aforementioned combat system being designed by the company. Russia’s military is reported to have shown interest in the BAS-01G BM Soratnik unmanned robotic platform.

Soratnik Unmanned Combat Ground Vehicle (UCGV) was tested in Syria

Soratnik Unmanned Combat Ground Vehicle (UCGV) was tested in Syria

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The First Flight of IL-78M-90A Air Refuiling Tanker


The maiden flight of the new Ilyushin Il-78M-90A aerial refuelling tanker for the Russian Aerospace Forces (VKS/Vozdushno-Kosmicheskiye Sily) took place on 25 January. The VKS is expected to buy 34 of the new tankers to replace its current Il-78s. The Il-478 can carry 91 tonnes of fuel in its main tanks, plus another 36 tonnes in an auxiliary tank in the cargo hold to give 127 tonnes of transferable fuel. The Il-78M-90A (previously referred to as the Il-478) is based on the new Il-76MD-90A (Il-476) transport aircraft, which is itself a modernised version of the Soviet-era Il-76 ‘Candid’ airlifter.

The new tanker version shares the avionic, structural, and powerplant improvements of the upgraded transport aircraft. These enhancements include a digital ‘glass’ cockpit as well as modernised flight, navigation, and communication systems. Structural improvements comprise a modified wing and reinforced landing gear. The new aircraft powered by four PS-90A-76 turbofan engines instead of D-30KP-2. The engines have also been updated, giving the aircraft a 60-tonne payload (up from 40 tonnes for the baseline Il-76/78) and a 12% reduced fuel consumption. The aircraft will allow simultaneous fuelling of two front-line planes (Su-27, MiG-29) with wing-mounted fuelling units. The tail unit allows refueling of long-range and special-purpose aircraft. Also when used on the ground the Il-78M-90A will allow simultaneous refueling of four aircraft.

The new Ilyushin Il-78M-90A will allow simultaneous fuelling of two front-line planes (Su-27, MiG-29) with wing-mounted fuelling units. The tail unit allows refueling of long-range and special-purpose aircraft. Also when used on the ground the Il-78M-90A will allow simultaneous refueling of four aircraft.

The First Flight of IL-78M-90A Air Refuiling Tanker

The First Flight of IL-78M-90A Air Refuiling Tanker