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Ukrainian “Ravlyk” in Paris: the creators explained why it is better than foreign robots

Natasha Kumar By Natasha Kumar Jun21,2024

The Ukrainian

Foreign companies have advanced technologies, but their products are not designed for intensive war and mass production, say developers from Ukraine .

Research and production enterprise “Ukrainian Unmanned Technologies” presented a ground robot called “Snail” at the Eurosatory 2024 exhibition in Paris. The developers told Focus what makes this car special and how it is better than foreign products.

As the representatives of the company noted, Ukrainian engineers developed the “Snail” completely independently from scratch: from the idea that arose in 2016 to its implementation in 2019, and now they are constantly developing the project. They came up with initial design solutions, which are now used in a modified form by other teams.

“Ravlyk” is already used in the war in Ukraine to evacuate the wounded from the battlefield, deliver ammunition, provisions, and water to equipped positions. It also serves as a cargo platform during the deployment of special groups for the purpose of transporting equipment, ammunition, and other means that soldiers previously had to carry on their own.

Features of the “Snail”

  • full electric drive 6×6;
  • high cross-country ability;
  • autonomy up to 96 hours;
  • own digital protected control system, without using typical solutions from AliExpress;
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  • own software for remote control,
  • autopilot;
  • hardware system of navigation and positioning with its own software algorithm for protection against spoofing;

Modules that can be installed on the “Snail”:

  • Browning M2 machine gun;
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  • MK-19 grenade launcher;
  • PER and electronic warfare devices;
  • manipulator;
  • mine detector;
  • optical reconnaissance;
  • platform and power source for aerial repeaters;
  • system for creating a smoke screen;
  • other equipment with appropriate dimensions.

How is “Snail” better than foreign robots

As the developers said in a comment to Focus, “Ravlyk” and other Ukrainian ground complexes are better than foreign ones, because they were created during the war and for the war, taking into account the experience of real combat operations. They had to be done from scratch, without experience, without clear requirements, without application tactics. Engineers only had a clear awareness that it was necessary to preserve the life of a soldier on the battlefield, to replace him with a machine.

“Foreign ground unmanned systems have existed for many years, but they were created to conduct quick local combat operations against a technologically and economically weak enemy, and are not designed for total war. In the conditions of modern war, the developments of Ukrainian engineers develop faster and better, invaluable experience is gained in the use of civilian technologies, which then form the basis of new samples of ground unmanned robotic complexes”, — representatives of the Ukrainian Unmanned Technologies NPP shared.

Purely technologically, Ukraine does not have its own technologies of protected military radio communication that can be used in remote control systems of drones, there is much to work on together with Western partners. At the same time, Ukrainians have learned to make their cars much cheaper. For comparison, “Ravlyk” costs from 40,000 to 55,000 dollars, depending on the configuration, and it is 4-5 times cheaper compared to foreign analogues presented at the exhibition, and they are inferior to the Ukrainian work in terms of technical characteristics.

According to the developers, the Estonian THeMIS complex from the Milrem Robotics company, also presented at Eurosatory, is the most suitable for modern warfare, but it has a much higher price compared to similar Ukrainian developments — about 300,000 euros.

“The cost of existing foreign samples is so high that it does not allow mass use. Partial transfer of technologies and deployment of their production in Ukraine could eliminate the problem in the long term”, — engineers believe.

Natasha Kumar

By Natasha Kumar

Natasha Kumar has been a reporter on the news desk since 2018. Before that she wrote about young adolescence and family dynamics for Styles and was the legal affairs correspondent for the Metro desk. Before joining The Times Hub, Natasha Kumar worked as a staff writer at the Village Voice and a freelancer for Newsday, The Wall Street Journal, GQ and Mirabella. To get in touch, contact me through my natasha@thetimeshub.in 1-800-268-7116

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