Small and dangerous
Putin wants to use this robot to destroy western tanks
Several of Ukraine’s western partners, including the United States and Germany, want to supply main battle tanks to Ukraine. The Russians are relaxed. They trust in a small robot. He is now learning to recognize and destroy the tanks.
Published: 21 minutes ago
Updated: 15 minutes ago
He is supposed to stop the Western tanks in Ukraine: the “Marker” robot.
So this is Putin’s answer to the tank deliveries to Ukraine announced by the West: As the Russian state news agency Ria Novosti reports, the autonomous combat robot “Marker” is supposed to stop the Abrams, Challenger and Leopard tanks.
Four of the mechanical helpers are to be used in Donbass from February, confirmed Dmitri Rogozin (59), former director general of the Russian space agency Roskosmos and close confidante of Kremlin chief Vladimir Putin (70), on Wednesday. He now heads the “Tsar Wolves”, a group of military advisers. Its main task: to provide military and technical support to the separatists in the Russian-occupied areas of Luhansk and Donbass.
The “Marker” robot, which weighs around three tons and can be equipped with different weapon systems, can not only support the troops in combat missions, but can also locate and shoot at targets from up to 15 kilometers away, the Russian news agency Tass reported.
According to Rogozin, the robot works on the basis of artificial intelligence using an electrical catalog with images of targets in the visible and infrared range. So he could automatically determine enemy targets.
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“As soon as deliveries of Abrams and Leopard tanks to the Ukrainian troops begin, Marker will receive a corresponding electronic image and will be able to automatically detect and hit American and German tanks,” Rogozin explained.
The combat robot can hit targets “many times faster” than humans. Tests with shooting targets showed that, Oleg Martianov, head of development at the Foundation for Technologies and Basic Elements of Robotics, told Newsweek in January. In addition, thanks to artificial intelligence, the robot can distinguish between civilians and military personnel. He only targets those who pose a “direct threat”.
Russia is developing “Marker” and “Uranium-9”
Rogozin now added that “Marker” can also prioritize targets. In such situations, “the robot independently selects a target by priority – which of them is the most important – and hits it with the appropriate firepower,” he explained. The machine should also be able to evacuate wounded soldiers from the battlefield.
The information disseminated by Russia about the “Marker” robot cannot be independently verified.
In addition to the “Marker” technology, Moscow has also developed the “Uranium-9” combat robot. The unmanned reconnaissance vehicle, controlled by remote control, was unveiled at the Russian military parade on May 9, 2022. A special day in Russia. On May 9, the country traditionally celebrates the victory of the Soviet Union over Nazi Germany in 1945 with a large military parade.