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​Ukrainian Military on Their Experience Operating the Rys Combat Robot

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Rys (Lynx) unmanned ground vehicle equipped with a ShaBlia remotelycontrolled weapon station on the frontline / Photo credit: NIP Tysk
Rys (Lynx) unmanned ground vehicle equipped with a ShaBlia remotelycontrolled weapon station on the frontline / Photo credit: NIP Tysk

The Ukrainian military is shaping a new battlefield reality in their search of a place and role for robotic ground platforms

The Tysk NIP community has posted a brief note of feedback from the Ukrainian military drone operators, who share their experience of working with the Rys (Lynx) unmanned ground vehicle for 3–4 months. The soldiers note that this wheeled versatile robotic platform is a "splendid way to strengthen a unit" and it has proved useful for setting up ambushes.

On the downside, they suggest that the platform would benefit from bigger wheels or tracks in terms of all-terrain mobility and maneuverability: "When operating the system, the main challenges are the landscape and line of sight for the robot itself, its utility as an element of fire support, and for covering the exfiltration routes," they say.

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Rys (Lynx) unmanned ground vehicle equipped with a ShaBlia remotelycontrolled weapon station on the frontline
Rys (Lynx) unmanned ground vehicle equipped with a ShaBlia remotelycontrolled weapon station on the frontline / Photo credit: NIP Tysk

The platform used by this unit was equipped with a weapon station utilizing a 7.62mm PKT machine gun. The operators say the system could be improved with a rotating camera with daytime thermal imagery and better zoom.

Last year, Ukraine's Minister of Digital Transformation Mykhailo Fedorov announced a procurement of five Rys UGVs as part of the Army of Drones project, which were delivered to the Armed Forces of Ukraine.

Around the same time, 25 ShaBlia turrets were handed over to the Ukrainian forces on the frontline. The synergy of this weapon system with Rys drones has been observed multiple times previously. The same ShaBlia module can be installed on Ironclad UGVs, too.

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