The Uran-9 and Nerekhta reconnaissance and fire support robots were first used during the joint strategic exercises of Russia and Belarus “Zapad-2021” (“West-2021”) in the Nizhny Novgorod Region, Vedomosti reports with reference to the press service of the Russian Ministry of Defence.
The Zapad-2021 exercises are held from September 10 to 16, 2021, at 9 training grounds located on the territory of Russia and in the Baltic Sea, as well as at 5 training grounds in Belarus. In total, up to 200,000 military personnel, about 80 aircraft and helicopters, up to 760 units of military equipment, including 290 tanks, 240 guns, multiple rocket launchers and mortars, as well as up to 15 ships take part in them.
It is specified that the ‘Uran-9’ robotic reconnaissance and fire support complexes conducted combat operations directly in the battle formations of the defending units and destroyed the manpower and armoured vehicles of the conditional enemy at a distance of 3,000 to 5,000 metres with fire from the anti-tank missile systems “Ataka” installed on the combat module, rocket infantry flamethrowers RPO PDM-A, 30-mm automatic cannons, and PKTM machine guns.
In turn, the ‘Nerekhta’ was used for reconnaissance and fire support of advanced defending units. This robot is equipped with a combat module with a 12.7-mm Kord machine gun and a 30-mm AG-30M grenade launcher. It was emphasized that the robot can be used not only for the purposes mentioned but also to adjust the fire on enemy positions and quickly deliver ammunition and equipment.