MOSCOW --- The Russian Army is experimenting with a robotic tank. The Uran-9, which has entered service, is armed with anti-armor missiles, a 7.62 mm machine gun, and a 30 mm automatic cannon.
The Uran-9 unmanned ground vehicle (UGV) is designed for fire support and reconnaissance missions over a 2-mile range. Unfortunately, reports from Syria on the Uran-9's performance are disappointing. The actual range of the UGV is just 300 to 500 meters.
Furthermore, operators repeatedly lost contact with these vehicles, especially in built-up areas. The main cannon also experienced firing failures.
One observer believes this technology will not be ready for combat operations for another 10 to 15 years.