January 31, 2024

Ukraine Deploying Machine-Gun Mounted Robots to Attack Putin's Troops

Source: Newsweek

Journalist: Ellie Cook

Both Russia and Ukraine are developing UGVs intended to "replace human soldiers in the most dangerous and casualty-intensive storming raids," said Samuel Bendett, of the Center for Naval Analyses.

We are currently seeing experimental UGV models as Kyiv prepares for mass-manufacturing of the ground drones, Bendett told Newsweek.


"We are witnessing a similar pattern on both sides when it comes to UGV developments," Bendett argued. "The vehicles tend to be on the smaller side, to minimize the chances of getting discovered by the ever-present aerial drones," he said, adding they are often rudimentary and cheap.

"The overall goal is to perform simple missions like advancing on the adversary position, forcing the enemy to shoot it and therefore reveal his position for subsequent strikes by ground or aerial systems," Bendett said.

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  • Samuel Bendett

    Adjunct Senior Fellow, Technology and National Security Program

    Samuel Bendett is an Adviser with CNA Strategy, Policy, Plans and Programs Center (SP3), where he is a member of the Russia Studies Program. His work involves research on the ...