Robots and Mind-Controlled Quadcopters are Russia’s future weapons
At a defense industry meeting in Moscow on Tuesday, President Vladimir Putin said that new weapons designed by the Advanced Research Fund have provided Russia with truly advanced technologies.
The best example of this innovative technology is the Nerechta combat robot, which is the brainchild of the Kovrov-based Degtyarev plant, most of which remains classified.
The Nerechta is essentially a reconnaissance vehicle, which can also haul ammunition to the fighting units, move the wounded from the line of fire and, of course, it can train its guns on the enemy.
Nerekhta is now being prepared for final trials, after it was first shown to the Russian military in the fall of 2015. It also looks like “brother-in-arms” – the Avatar –came right from a sci-fi flick.
The President said that unorthodox designs are the mainstay of a modern, high-tech armed force.
“In some areas these advanced designs are absolutely unparalleled in the world and are virtually ready for mass production. What is also important is that the designers came up with a number of truly breakthrough solutions, which have earned our arms makers and scientists their well-deserved reputation worldwide,” Putin emphasized.
The Fund’s projects are clearly called upon to play a key role in the development of key elements of new generation munitions and military and special equipment.
“They are to become the basis of the national armaments system in 2025-2030 both for the army and navy,” Putin added.
35 experimental labs that appear more like full-fledged research institutes are now included in the ARF. During last year’s Victory Day parade in Moscow, the Ratnik “future soldier” outfit was first presented to the broad public for which some of them have taken credit for the development.
Based on new physical principles, the President emphasized the need for wider use of the Foundation’s potential in the development of advanced electronics, and also in the design of dual technologies and high-precision weapons.
“We need to make sure that such advanced technologies find practical use also in civilian production,” Putin added.
This is already taking place with mind-controlled quadcopters presenting a real discovery in the field of neuro-engineering. Looking at the situation in the international markets and economic problems faced by the country, Putin also asserted on the more rational use of innovative technology.
“It is really imperative for us to see the projects which are in the works through,” Vladimir Putin emphasized.
By 2020, the share of innovative technologies in Russia’s defense production is expected to reach 70 percent.