The newest sniper rifle and robot similar to terminator: what the Belarusian defense industry is working on
By the President’s order the Belarusian defense industry shows special focus on the development of small arms, unmanned aircrafts and also rockets production. Within the framework of the collegium of the State Authority for Military Industry, which took place on 07.02.2019, the head of the State Authority said that in Belarus all necessary infrastructure is being developed for this.
The production of 9 mm cartridges for pistols of national design will be launched in Belarus.
New facilities for testing missile engines are put into operation, the production of ammunition for civil and service weapons will soon begin, and after preparation of corresponding legislative and regulatory framework – for combat weapons of 12.7 mm caliber.
Some novelties of the defense industry were demonstrated at the arms exhibition, organized within the framework of the collegium of the State Authority for Military Industry. Among the most interesting of them:
The robotized system Berserk in appearance reminds the T-1 robot-terminator from a Hollywood action movie. But it is equipped much more seriously: it carries two four-barrel machine guns GShG-7,62 with firing speed up to 12 000 shots per minute in total by both barrels. The robot can destroy a target by directing a burst of lead at it. The novelty is capable of hitting not only manpower, but also shooting down UAVs. Now using neuron network this system is learning to recognize artificially images: to distinguish tank, infantryman, artillery. In the future the Berserk will be in a position to make decision about further actions.
The unmanned vehicle can operate at any weather, move even at rough terrain. The power reserve of the robot makes up 100 km, maximum time of autonomous operation – 24 hours. The Berserk is capable of detecting a soldier at two kilometers, spot a UAV – at three kilometers.
Arms for sniper pair
The leading manufacturer of small arms in our country – company Belspetsvneshtekhnika – presented the modernized Dragunov rifle.
– This is a gun is tested over the years, which combat characteristics we’ve managed to improve, - the representative of the company said. – Thanks to the installation of metal chassis, the accuracy of fire doubled in comparison to ordinary SVD. The uncomfortable wooden buttstock was replaced by a modern one with the possibility of adjustment. The gun was equipped with a suppressor, which fully masked flash and muffled sound by 25-30 per cent. Also bipods and Picatinny rails were added, which allow mounting modern sights and additional accessories.
The modernized SVD is perfect for battles at short distances. As the experience of past military conflicts show, soldiers of illegal military organizations are striving to get closer so that artillery or aviation were not used against them. In this situation quick-firing sniper rifle for magnums is irreplaceable.
Also the rifle modernized in Belarus can be used as a gun of second number in a sniper pair. By the way the first number can be armed with one more Belarusian novelty – the sniper rifle SV 01.
This high precision gun with manual reloading allows confidently engaging targets at distance up to 1000 m. The matching barrel of the gun with length of 698 mm is produced in Switzerland. The SV01 without magazine weights 5.86 kg. The capacity of magazine is three cartridges of .308 Win caliber.
The multi-rotor UAV Grach developed by the specialists of “Precision Electromechanics Factory” can be both a weapon for killing and for rescuing people. This universal UAV can be used as a kamikaze – then it is equipped with the unguided air-to-surface missile S-8KOM.
In this mode the Grach barrages in air some time, and then falls on a target. The unguided air-to-surface missile S-8 with cumulative warhead is capable of piercing up to 3500 mm steel armor, when using against infantry it produces more than 400 fragments weighing per 3 grams.
Also the Grach can carry different small air-to-surface bombs: from anti-tank up to fragmentation bombs. For example, well-proven anti-tank bomb 2.5. There is a completely low-budget option, when a drone is equipped with a device to release grenades F-1, RGD-5, RG-42. It is possible to send two or four grenades at once to the opponent.
The head of design and engineering department of “Precision Electromechanics Factory” told about one more development – incendiary cassette RZK 2.5 containing 60 destructive elements, each of them fires up to two minutes with temperature of 2200 degrees. They can destroy ware houses, trains, manpower. With this it will be problematic to detect the crept Grach – it is impossible to hear it starting from 20 m height.
New life for OSA-AKM
After the collapse of USSR a lot of weapons remained, which become useless over time. It is extremely difficult to recover combat capabilities, especially if it concerns air defense missiles. The specialists of “2566 Radioelectroic Armament Repair Plant” JSC mastered technology of repair of air defense system Osa-AKM.
The matter is that radioelectronic hardware for missile guidance is placed in undismountable body of control compartment, which is necessary to split at first and then weld again. The leading engineer-technician said that for this they developed a program with digital control of current source out of metal, from which the body is made. As a result the strength characteristics of weld seal are not inferior to manufacturing ones.
The Osa-AKM is used in the armed forces of a dozen of country and during the time of their use it made a very good showing.
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