Russia’s Central Military District (CMD) engineering troops have received the Uran-6 robotic mine-clearance vehicle.

This is the first time that this robotic vehicle has been used by the troops.

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A total of four Uran-6 vehicles have been delivered to engineering units and military units of the CMD, stationed in Udmurtia, Tyumen, and Bashkiria.

The Uran-6 is a multi-functional, mine-clearing robot developed by JSC 766 UPTK for the Russian Federation’s Armed Forces.

The vehicle can operate on both urban and mountainous terrains.

It can be deployed in mine-reconnaissance and area-clearance operations to identify and remove explosive ordnance, as well as anti-personnel and anti-tank mines.

The robotic system can also identify and neutralise explosive objects and is capable of  withstanding explosions of up to 4kg of TNT equivalent. It can also be used to create passages in minefields.

In December last year, the Uran-6 was used for the first time by Russian sapper units during mine-clearance operations in Nagorno-Karabakh.

Uran-6 robots are being delivered under the Russian defence procurement plan.

The defence ministry said that ‘the engineering troops were set to receive 22 Uran-6 vehicles’ by the end of 2020.

As of May 2020, 12 upgraded robotic vehicles have been delivered to the engineering troops of the Western and Southern Military Districts.

This year, a total of 20 Uran-6 robots are scheduled to be delivered to Russia’s Corps of Engineers.