Ukrainian Ratel S “kamikaze” robot enters production: overview
Ukraine's Ratel S “kamikaze” robot, developed by Ukrainian specialists under the Brave 1 Defense Tech support cluster, has successfully passed field tests and entered mass production
Defense Express explained its notable characteristics.
This ground-based “kamikaze” robot is designed for battlefield applications, primarily targeting enemy armored vehicles. The robot features a dedicated compartment for anti-tank mines and can also be equipped with mortar shells.
The Ratel S robotic platform can operate in kamikaze mode or with a combat module, although specific armament details are not provided in the report. Field tests, as seen in the video, showcase the robot's effectiveness in striking targets. The platform's mobility and terrain traversal capabilities are yet to be fully addressed.
In terms of technical specifications, the Ratel S robot boasts a maximum speed of 24 km/h, a range of 6 km, and up to 2 hours of operation before requiring a recharge.
Ground robotic platforms are not as prevalent as drones on the battlefield, but various models have been observed in use by both the Ukrainian Defense Forces and Russian occupying forces. Earlier, Ukrainian forces were seen using “kamikaze” ground drones loaded with MON-90 anti-personnel mines and, subsequently, robotic platforms armed with MON-200 mines.