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At the Army 2020 forum outside Moscow last week, state-owned Roselectronica unveiled the RAT – the Russian original translates literally as “warrior-host.”

RAT is a mobile C-UAS system, based on a purpose-built armoured vehicle, designed to destroy hostile or suspect drones by direct laser intervention. The vehicle carries a complex and very capable radar detection system, a suite of systems intended to detect and disrupt the drone’s communications links, a directional UHF suppressor and the laser effector. The complete array of sensor systems feeds data to a central control panel where the systems analyses it and presents the human operator with options.

Rostec claims RAT has a range against drones of 3,500m, can disrupt UAS control channels at 2,500m and can simultaneously detect, disrupt and – if necessary – destroy unauthorised drones – the latter function in sequence after prioritisation of targets. It laos boasts the capability for surveillance and systems management in zero visibility conditions.

MON observers at the show state that RAT attracted a deal of attention during Army 2020 – impressive, with no sinking ship to leave! (Photo: Roselectronica/Rostec)

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