Russia sent a robot in Ukraine to transport wounded soldiers

New images shared on Telegram by Russian sources reveal that the Russian military is using ground robots to safely transport injured soldiers from battlefields. 

Russia sent a robot to transport wounded soldiers to Ukraine
Photo credit: Telegram

In one compelling image, we can see a tracked ground robot, its dual chain systems flanking either side, as it maneuvers through the muddy frontline. The robot’s central carrier or “stretcher” houses a wounded soldier with a splintered left leg, encapsulating a dramatic moment on the battlefield. 

While the specific location of the photograph remains unlabeled, many U.S. sources suggest that this unmanned ground vehicle is operative in the 87th Rifle Regiment, currently located in the Avdiivka region. Drawing upon this information, it’s fair to assume that the photograph might have been taken as an injured Russian soldier was evacuated from the frontline in Avdiivka.

What is the robot?

There’s no clear-cut data regarding the model of the robot or when precisely it was dispatched. Russian engineers boast a myriad of robotic vehicle prototypes. Notably, they all utilize wheels as opposed to tracks. 

Upon initial inspection, the robot exudes a striking semblance to Estonia’s THeMIS robot, both in terms of general form and aesthetic design. Just last year, Estonia extended such a robot as a donation to Ukraine. This prompted Russia to offer a reward to any Russian soldier who could capture THeMIS undamaged. 

Russia sent a robot to transport wounded soldiers to Ukraine
Photo credit: Telegram

However, this seeming likeness between the robot in question and THeMIS is confined to a central cargo fixture, flanked on either side with the robot’s chain systems. In contrast, THeMIS generally sports a taller chassis. From the photo, it’s evident that THeMIS cuts a more slender figure compared to the Russian variant. 

The Russian interpretation of the robot comes equipped with an electronic warfare system, designed to provide protection against FPV drones. It bears a visual likeness to similar devices currently affixed to tanks.

Volnorez EW

The available information does not provide sufficient details concerning the vehicle’s model and features. From the images provided, we do know that it is an electronic warfare system known as Volnorez, discernable from the dome-shaped component captured in the pictures.

Russia sent a robot to transport wounded soldiers to Ukraine
Photo credit: Defence Blog

The primary role of Volnorez is to neutralize the threat posed by unmanned aerial vehicles. It is prepared for fitting on a tank located in a conflict-stricken area, specifically in the occupied regions of Ukraine. As highlighted by BulgarianMilitary.com, the first photo-based proof surfaced in November, affirming the supply of these electronic warfare systems to the Russian military. 

The beauty of the Volnorez system lies in its ability to form a defensive perimeter around the tank. Drones, inclusive of First-Person View [FPV] kamikaze drones, fail to either receive instructions or transmit information under this defensive setup. 

As claimed by Russian sources, the system operates within a frequency spectrum of 900 to 2000 MHz, inhibiting drone signals over a range exceeding 600 meters. This capability significantly fortifies tanks against drone interference. Electronic warfare systems situated on these tanks offer complete 360° coverage, resulting in all-around protection. 

Another standout feature of this system is its remote handling capability. This attribute inserts a layer of versatility and adaptability, positioning it to tackle an assortment of drone-related risks effectively.

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