Laska 2.0 unmanned robotic platform (URP) is a new multi-functional, armed unmanned ground vehicle (UGV) designed and manufactured by Infocom.
The robot was displayed at the 16th International Specialized Exhibition ‘Arms and Security 2018’ held in Kiev, Ukraine in October 2019.
The Laska 2.0 UGV can be used in patrol, reconnaissance, demining, ammunition delivery, fire support and medical evacuation missions.
Laska 2.0 URP design and features
The Laska 2.0 URP is based on a 4×4 wheeled chassis. The body of the platform is made of 2mm thick steel. The robot is available in stationary and mobile platform configurations.
Designated as FP01, the stationary platform is intended for the protection of borders and military units. The mobile platform, called MP01, is designed to patrol conflict areas and perform other military operations.
Laska 2.0’s base platform measures 2.27m long, 1.3m wide and 0.95m high. The platform with turret has a length of 2.27m, width of 1.3m and height of 1.5m. It measures 2.22m high when installed with a technological mast. The vehicle weighs 670kg without weapons and ammunition. The ground clearance offered by the UGV is 220mm.
The robot system has two video cameras with a narrow and wide field of views. The vehicle can be optionally installed with a thermal imager. It uses a preinstalled laser rangefinder to determine the distance between the vehicle and objects.
This unmanned platform can detect targets at a maximum range of 1,000m using the camcorder and thermal imager. The onboard laser rangefinder can detect targets within the distance of 1,100m.
Laska 2.0 is also equipped with a special feature that improves the quality of thermal image and video in extreme weather conditions. It can memorise up to 10 targets.
The UGV supports the integration of small calibre firearms and grenades. The roof-mounted turret can be installed with a 7.62mm PKM machine gun offering a maximum rate of fire of 800 rounds per minute.
A group of three or more Laska 2.0 UGVs deliver superior fire support for enhancing the protection of an infantry unit or a squadron.
Command and control of Laska 2.0 UGV
Laska 2.0 URP can be remotely controlled from an operator station, computer, tablet or smartphone, and an unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV). The system can also be locally controlled within the line of sight range using gestures, voice and leash.
The data visualisation devices including smart glass, smartphone, tablet, and smart gloves are used to monitor and control the missions. Communications between the operator and the platform are supported by a 5GHz Wi-Fi channel. The range of the remote-controlled vehicle is limited to 2km.
The UGV is autonomously controlled using a preloaded smart tracking device and global positioning system (GPS) that helps it track and follow moving objects. The GPS capability ensures accurate perimeter patrolling and movement according to the requirements. The robot operates without the GPS feature during electronic warfare missions.
Laska 2.0 URP features a Siemens supervisory control and data acquisition (SCADA)-based dispatch system for performing parameterisation, parameter monitoring, route assignment and route transfer.
Laska 2.0 URP performance
Laska 2.0 4×4 wheel vehicle is powered by a four-stroke, one-cylinder engine with a displacement of 722cm3. The engine develops a maximum power of 50hp. The vehicle features a fuel tank with a maximum capacity to hold 16l of fuel.
The URP can attain a maximum speed of 80km/h. The vehicle can perform missions in extreme temperatures ranging between -25C and +60C.