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Defence News 04/08/2017
Latest Fantom UGV undertakes weapons tests

Ukraine’s SpetsTechnoExport has carried out testing of a prototype of its Fantom-2 unmanned ground vehicle (UGV) fitted with a range of weapon systems.

The tests were carried out at a military training ground in the Chernihiv region.

Pavlo Barbul, director of SpetsTechnoExport, “An updated version of the UGV received important changes which were suggested by the Ukrainian military. It has received a new 8x8 [configuration] instead of 6x6 in the first version [Fantom-1],” he added, “thanks to the increased dimensions of the vehicle the developers managed to install a more powerful powerplant …. This made it possible to significantly increase the running performance and improve its flotation [qualities].”

In addition to the 8x8 configuration, the Fantom-2 is able to carry heavier payloads, with an 850 kg capacity – more than double that of the Fantom-1’s 350 kg capacity. Fantom-2 weighs 1,600 kg, is 4.2 m long, 1.84 m wide, and 1.2 m high.

Amongst the weapon fits trialled on the Fantom-2 prototype was the `Stugna-P’ anti-tank guided missile (ATGM) system, which is said to have successfully destroyed a target at 3,000 m. The system employs a 100 mm laser-guided missile that has a range of up to 5,000 m and is fitted with a tandem high explosive anti-tank (HEAT) warhead.

The Korsar light, portable anti-tank system was employed out to its maximum range of 2,500 m; the missile's tandem HEAT warhead (designated PK-3K) has a claimed ability to penetrate 550 mm of conventional armour, itself protected by explosive reactive armour (ERA).

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