A new Russian weapon will be tested against Western MBTs, a combat robot codenamed ‘Marker’, according to Eurasiantimes.

The West has finally reached an agreement to supply the main battle tanks to Ukraine. The Leopard 2, Abrams, or Challenger 2 tanks will certainly help Ukrainian ground forces gain certain advantages on the battlefield. But the Russians also have plans of their own. A new Russian weapon will be tested against Western MBTs, a combat robot codenamed ‘Marker’, according to Eurasiantimes.

The Marker is an unmanned ground vehicle (UGV), looks like a tank, which may be equipped with various sensors and weapons. Among them are a drone-launching casing and a turret with machine guns and anti-tank missiles.

The former general manager of Roscosmos, Dmitry Rogozin, said that the Marker will be deployed in Ukraine in February to deal with the tanks delivered by NATO. The combat robot will operate in the friend-or-foe identification mode, automatically identifying and attacking Ukrainian equipment, including American Abrams tanks and German Leopards, thanks to a computerized catalog of photographs.

Marker was developed by the “Android Technique” company in collaboration with the Advanced Research Foundation. It weighs over three tons and reportedly boasts Russia’s most sophisticated object identification and autonomous movement capabilities. Marker is designed to be modular, with open information architecture. One configuration for the testbed arms it with a Kalashnikov-produced machine gun and anti-tank grenade launchers. More armament combinations may be expected to be tested. According to the manufacturer, the Marker is designed to work “in pair with a fighter, receiving target designation from the sight of his weapon,” or be controlled remotely.

“Marker” has a swivel combat module capable of turning around 540 degrees in just one second. The module can be equipped with various anti-tank missile systems, grenade launchers, heavy machine guns, and other weapons. A modular multispectral vision and data processing system, featuring neural network algorithms, supports autonomous operations. This generates a new way of cooperation between man and robot where AI-powered sensors take aim and the human checks in before firing. It turns infantry into spotters for robots that will progress on the path of autonomy.

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