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Rostec Buzzes With Innovation as Shmel Demining Robot Tested in Russia's New Regions

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On Thursday, the Rostec press service announced that the Russian demining robot, Shmel (which translates to Bumblebee in English), is currently undergoing tests and is being utilized for demining civilian objects in Russia's new regions.
The enhanced Shmel model will be on display at the High-Precision Complexes Expo during the Complex Security exhibition, taking place from May 29 to June 1 at Patriot Park near Moscow.

"The High-Precision Complexes Holding of the Rostec State Corporation has initiated a new phase of experimental operation of the MGR-4 Shmel robotic sapper. These tests are currently being conducted under real-world conditions, as the machine is being utilized for demining civilian targets in new regions," the report said.

The MGR-4 is an initiative development of two enterprises of high-precision complexes: Kovrov Electromechanical Plant (KEMZ) and VNII Signal JSC. The main feature of the machine is a remote control system with external cameras and sensors. It makes it possible to carry out demining from a distance without exposing sappers-rescuers to unnecessary risks.
"Today, Rostec is conducting extensive tests of the MGR-4 in real-world conditions. This made it possible to finalize the machine in a timely manner. For example, the Shmel received a new anti-mine trawl. It is particularly effective against small anti-personnel mines, which pose a serious threat to civilians. Meanwhile, the MGR-4 has retained its main advantage - the robot allows the operator to be in a safe place - at a distance of up to 1,000 meters," Bekhan Ozdoyev, director of Rostec's Conventional Weapons and Special Chemicals Cluster, is quoted in the report as saying.
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According to him, this is especially important when rescuers have to deal with booby traps designed to hit a sapper.
The Shmel tests are expected to be completed in the second half of 2024.
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