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Robotic anti-tank complex "Mantis"

In the capital of Belarus, as part of the international exhibition of armaments and military equipment “Mileks-2017” (held in Minsk in May 2017), the presentation of the self-propelled robotic anti-tank complex (SRPTK) “Bogomol” took place. According to representatives of the manufacturer, this combat vehicle is designed to defeat not only tanks and various armored vehicles and other military equipment, but also different types of ground fortifications, as well as enemy helicopters hovering in the air.

Fighting tanks was always a deadly task, so the idea of ​​entrusting it to smart machines has been in the air for a long time. The Belarusian company "Belspetsvneshtekhnika", whose chief designer is Andrei Anisimov, created the self-propelled robotic anti-tank complex "Bogomol". This robotic combat vehicle is armed with four anti-tank missiles, the type of which the customer can choose. The manufacturer provided for the installation of both modern anti-tank missiles and real “rarities”, which include, for example, the “Competition” ATGM with a wired control system.

The sighting station SRPTK "Bogomol" allows you to confidently hit different types of targets at any time of day and in all weather conditions. To control the complex while in motion, the operator uses cameras located at the front of the combat vehicle, the cameras have a viewing angle of 140 degrees. If the robotic complex is planned to be used in urban areas, the manufacturer can additionally equip it with circular cameras (360 degrees).

The robotic tracked chassis complex was equipped with a hybrid power plant, which consists of a diesel engine, a generator and batteries. The maximum speed with which the "Mantis" can move, comes to 10 km / h. As long as the complex reaches a suitable position, it can give its location with a thermal trace and the sound of a diesel engine. However, as soon as it is placed on the position, the robot enters the combat mode of operation, in which it is powered solely by batteries, becoming silent and unobtrusive.

It is almost impossible to find a Praying Mantis lurking at a position already from one kilometer, and from five kilometers a small-sized robotic anti-tank complex turns almost invisible. The height of the complex in the combat position, as indicated on the website of the manufacturer, does not exceed 1700 mm, and the total curb weight with fuel on the 100 km and 24 hours of continuous operation does not exceed 800 kg. According to Anisimov, “Mantis” can be easily transported using an ordinary car, to which a special platform for the transportation of the complex will be attached. Having reached the position, the robot is able to independently monitor the terrain, engage in determining the types of targets, and also take them to support, reporting their actions to the operator of the complex. According to Andrei Anisimov, only the operator can give the command to fire the complex; other work options are not provided.

By the way, the aiming optoelectronic system, similar to the one installed on the Osa anti-aircraft missile system, was used on the Bogomol anti-tank complex. The system designed for detecting, tracking and hitting targets is equipped with a laser range finder and a direction finder. With this system, the operator of the complex is able to detect a human figure at a distance of up to two kilometers at any time, ground objects with 2 dimensions per 2 meters and more are traced at distances up to 5 kilometers. At the same time, the range of detection of air targets is several times longer and is already from 15 to 20 kilometers, depending on the terrain of the area on which the complex is located.

To protect against enemy weapons, the complex is protected by combined Kevlar and steel armor. His booking is enough to withstand hitting bullets caliber 7,62-mm at a distance from 300 meters. Greater protection from this anti-tank complex is not required. According to the chief designer of "Belspetsvneshtekhnika", the main task of the "Mantis" on the battlefield is not to be detected by the enemy.

The chassis of the robotic complex is equipped with a hybrid power plant. A diesel engine connected to an electric generator was used as a power unit. The drive of the drive wheels of the complex is carried out from electric motors that receive energy from batteries. Due to this, in a combat position, the Mantis is able to move using the electric drive. This allows you to significantly reduce the complex unmasking noise, as well as reduce the visibility in the infrared. According to the manufacturer, Bogomol is able to work autonomously throughout the day, as well as travel up to 100 km. On rough terrain, its speed does not exceed 5 km / h.

“The development of the complex was started relatively recently, but the creators have already demonstrated the first results of their work. Serial production of such a robotic anti-tank complex can be deployed quite quickly, various technical solutions are being tested on the vehicle presented at the Milex-2017 exhibition today, ”said Andrey Anisimov. According to him, "Mantis" was created from scratch without any borrowing from outside. He noted that an export version of the machine was presented at the exhibition in Minsk, however, if the Belarusian military becomes interested in the development and similar robots, there will be no problems with putting them into service.

According to Anisimov, several types of guided missiles can be installed on the Mogom. These are the “Hornet” anti-tank missiles with a laser guidance system, either “Fagot”, “Competition”, “Metis” or with a radio command control system, or with a wired system. The choice of missiles is completely left to the customer, it is he who decides what type of ATGM will receive the complex. These can be wire-operated complexes of still Soviet development: 9K111 "Fagot" (for the 9K111М version, firing range - 75-2500 meters, armor penetration - 460-500 mm), 9K115 "Metis" (Ibrahl-40 mm range) (I-88, X-NUMX-1000 mm); 500-550 mm) and 9K111-1 "Competition" (firing range - 75-4000 meters, armor penetration - 600 mm). In addition, it is possible to use a joint Belarusian-Ukrainian development - Hornet ATGM with a laser guidance system. The firing range of missiles of this complex ranges from 100 to 5500 meters, armor penetration - 600 mm. Regardless of the choice of ATGM on the "Mantis" is located on 4 anti-tank missiles. The idea of ​​compatibility of the Mantis with a number of common anti-tank complexes increases its chances to interest foreign customers. According to the assurances of the chief designer, the launch of rockets is possible in almost any weather conditions and different visibility conditions.

Summing up the brief results, it can be noted that the Bogomol SRPTK is intended for round-the-clock destruction in an automated mode of operation of tanks, armored vehicles, fortified ground targets, as well as helicopters stuck in the air. The complex was made on the basis of a self-propelled remote-controlled mini-chassis on caterpillar, which provides him with good cross-country maneuverability.

Structurally, the Bogomol SRPTK consists of an automated operator’s workplace that controls a robotic combat vehicle over a wireless communication channel at a distance of up to 300 meters and is directly the self-propelled robotic combat vehicle. After an anti-tank missile system was detonated, the complex automatically moves to a new firing position. Also in the event that the operator’s signal is silenced by means of electronic countermeasures of the enemy, the Mantis leaves the combat position on its own, returning to a predetermined departure point.

The robotic complex "Mantis" was originally created with the expectation of more export prospects. Serious difficulties for the Belarusian industry associated with the establishment of its mass production are unlikely to arise. The main problem is finance. It is money that can become the main obstacle to its adoption by the Belarusian army, since the annual defense budget of the Republic of Belarus is approximately equal to the cost of one complex of modern Russian ZRS X-NUMX, which Turkey wants to receive.

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  1. garri-lin
    garri-lin 31 August 2017 15: 42
    Changes the position in automatic mode. This is not bad, but the probability of detection after a shot is high. He would have a few cloud type aerosol grenades. He launched a rocket, and covered himself with a cloud to change his position. So that it was not visible where it was creeping away.
    1. prosto_rgb
      prosto_rgb 31 August 2017 21: 00
      Quote: garri-lin
      He would have a few cloud type aerosol grenades. He launched a rocket, and covered himself with a cloud to change his position. So that it was not visible where it was creeping away.

      or vice versa it was clear where he started
      1. garri-lin
        garri-lin 1 September 2017 11: 20
        So this operator will decide for himself. Based on the situation on the battlefield. The launch site and so will be detected with very high probability.
        1. prosto_rgb
          prosto_rgb 1 September 2017 13: 31
          Quote: garri-lin
          The launch site and so will be detected with very high probability.

          in the Syrian sands of the barmalei are not particularly outfitted
          1. garri-lin
            garri-lin 1 September 2017 15: 59
            Who! Other barmalei? Most modern tanks see when they shoot rockets at them or close to them located objects, they see even when they are preparing to shoot and measure the distance with a laser rangefinder. The missile passport missile ATGM on the modern battlefield is detected with Pts with high probability.
            1. prosto_rgb
              prosto_rgb 2 September 2017 02: 28
              Quote: garri-lin
              Who! Other barmalei?

              Syrian Tankers
              1. garri-lin
                garri-lin 2 September 2017 20: 09
  2. cold_22
    cold_22 31 August 2017 16: 14
    An interesting device, Belarusian gunsmiths periodically present very interesting developments. The main thing is that “skynet” control does not intercept))
    1. vkl.47
      vkl.47 1 September 2017 08: 04
      By means of electronic warfare?))
  3. viktor007
    viktor007 31 August 2017 16: 39
    Chinese comrades helped, Old Man steers.
    VOENOBOZ 31 August 2017 17: 59
    Everything is the same type, the weapon is okay, at least set up the berdank, but here the platform is again the tracks, the height is 1.7 meters, the control range is 300 m. With this removal, the operator will be detected and destroyed. Please put weapons on bugs.
    1. prosto_rgb
      prosto_rgb 31 August 2017 21: 03
      Quote: VOENOBOZ
      Everything is the same type, the weapon is okay, at least set up the berdank, but here the platform is again the tracks, the height is 1.7 meters, the control range is 300 m. With this removal, the operator will be detected and destroyed. Please put weapons on bugs.

      what do you want from a prototype but for your money?
      the main thing is the control system
    2. t7310
      t7310 1 September 2017 07: 10
      The "range of 300 m control" the relay can be set and even controlled from Mars, the delay will be appropriate, but what to do with electronic warfare which suppresses all signals on the battlefield
      1. Lopatov
        Lopatov 1 September 2017 07: 27
        In Belarusian portable anti-tank systems for remote control, in addition to the radio channel, a cable is used.
  5. Warnoob
    Warnoob 31 August 2017 21: 43
    Belarusian Valley. After the missiles are used up, they can take on board a few pounds of potatoes.
  6. nesvobodnye
    nesvobodnye 1 September 2017 10: 28
    Everything is fine, but a machine gun is necessary - to shoot back from infantry. Otherwise they’ll take it with their bare hands.
  7. Grach-25sm
    Grach-25sm 4 September 2017 05: 12
    But isn’t it easier to “not have sex” with an incomprehensible “drone”, but to mine a tank-dangerous direction ?! There are cluster munitions for MLRS, and aviation, and self-propelled mines, and even self-aiming combat elements! Cheaper! yes
  8. nivander
    nivander 5 September 2017 12: 33
    this mantis painfully resembles baby Willy
  9. Orang
    Orang 22 September 2017 20: 12
    The mantis looks like the ancient tanks of Saint-Chamonix and Schneider. And power diesel-electric
  10. Nikolaevich I
    Nikolaevich I 22 March 2018 02: 33
    The current situation with “robotic” systems resembles the situation with “land torpedoes” in the 30 of the past ... After some time, the “current” systems will “sink into oblivion” ... Real “robotic complexes” will be different.