June 22, 2022
By James Grundvig, American Media Periscope
The Temerland robot fighting machine, in U.S. DoD military parlance is called “Uncrewed Ground Vehicles” (UGVs). They are made in Serbia
From Army-Technology.com, a similar machine called the Milos reads:
“The Milos unmanned ground vehicle (UGV) has a curb weight of 680kg. Image courtesy of Ministry of Defence Republic of Serbia. The Milos unmanned ground vehicle (UGV) was developed by the Military Technical Institute (MTI) of Serbia in co-operation with PPT Namenska to meet the requirements of the Serbian Army.”
Although the Temerland unmanned robot is made in Southeastern Europe, in order for Ukraine–or NATO or the United States–to purchase the UGVs for the conflict with Russia, any one of these buys need American taxpayers’ dollars to do so. With the Biden regime and Pelosi’s House signing off, along with the RINO led Senate, on a $40 billion money-laundering–errr–defense appropriation bill the money for procurement of these mini arms and munitions can be had with no sweat at all.
Again, as I have said on my show, “Unrestricted Truths” for months and the new “Defcon 5” show I cohost with former Navy serviceman Josh Reid, there appears to be no “peacemaker” in the West to step in and put and end to the madness, and killing of tens of thousands of Ukraine troops. None of which the mainstream media has reported on since February 24 when the Russian Federation Army started the incursion, exposing the 46 U.S. DoD biolabs and the U.S. NGOs and nonprofits that tried to hide the black sites and darker operations.
What comes next between Kaliningrad impasse with Lithuania and now Serbian defense arms making their way into Ukraine to extend–not bring about peace–the conflict?
Does this “wargasm” that the U.S. military industrial complex seek to expand the proxy war beyond the Ukrainian borders. Is that the end goal? Or does the global shadow government, which is steering the Biden puppet regime, want a real countdown to nuclear war?
For the past two and a half years, the Cabal and its Deep State agents have failed at instilling the entire world with fear. Without fear, now ridicule and mockery, no one is going to believe a second pandemic no matter what the World Health Organization’s rebrands Monkeypox.
With the Ukraine blue and yellow flag colors growing duller each day, will a global war with Russia in Eastern Europe do the trick for the Great Resetters in Davos and Brussels?
I don’t know the answer. But all roads are starting to point in this direction.
~ The following article was curated by James Grundvig, Editor-in-Chief at AMP News.
Ukrainian Combat Robots Join Fight Against Russian Invasion
Contributor – June 16, 2022
I’m a South London-based technology journalist, consultant and author.
Ukrainian forces are getting a new helper, a locally made robotic battlefield scout called GNOM (“Gnome”). The small machine will stealthily reconnoiter Russian positions and provide fire support with a machinegun, according to its maker, a company called Temerland that’s based in Zaporizhia. Gnomes versus ‘Orcs’ may sound like fantasy, but the first robots will enter service next week, the company said in a statement.
While drones seem to be ever-present, remotely operated robots, or Uncrewed Ground Vehicles (UGVs), have so far played little part in this conflict. As the battle lines have stabilized, both forces are increasingly using of portable radio-frequency jammers to knock drones out of the sky which may reduce their impact. GNOM offers an alternative, jam-proof way to spy remotely.
Not much larger than a microwave oven and weighing 50 kg (110 pounds), Temerland says GNOM is highly mobile on four large wheels with 4×4 drive and a quiet 5-horsepower electric motor. The current version is armed with a 7.62mm machine gun. U.S. Army research shows that UGVs make stable firing platforms, allowing a remote gunner to hit targets with considerable accuracy.
While most UGVs are radio-controlled, GNOM spools out a reel of fiber-optic cable behind it. Eduard Trotsenko, CEO and owner of Temerland, told me that the tough, wear-resistant cable provides a broadband link which is immune to radio countermeasures.
“Control of GNOM is possible in the most aggressive environment during the operation of the enemy’s electronic warfare equipment,” says Trotsenko.
Also because the operator is not using a radio, they cannot be detected and targeted by artillery, which may happen to drone operators.
“The operator doesn’t deploy a control station with an antenna, and does not unmask his position,” says Trotsenko. “The cable is not visible, and it also does not create thermal radiation that could be seen by a thermal imager.”
Similar arrangements with fiber optics were used for guided missiles in the early 2000s, notably the French Polyphem and U.S. Army EFOG-M, as well as DARPA’s Close Combat Lethal Recon munition, which developed into the Switchblade. They are also used for some tethered drones and also for remotely operated underwater vehicles, but the sort of electronic warfare seen in Ukraine may see a new demand for fiber-optic control for UGVs.
GNOM’s cable gives it a range of 2,000 meters (1.25 miles); if it is broken the vehicle automatically returns to a predetermined location. While it is usually operated by remote control, GNOM clearly has some onboard intelligence and is capable of autonomous navigation. Previous Temerland designs have included advanced neural network and machine learning hardware and software providing a high degree of autonomy, so the company seems to have experience.
Trotsenko says the machinegun allows GNOM to defend itself and also to provide fire support in situations which might be too dangerous for personnel. He notes that other versions of the GNOM can be used for logistics, intelligence gathering, sabotage and engineering. Temerland has previously shown off a cargo carrier GNOM able to bring ammunition or other supplies to the front line, which can also evacuate casualties with the addition of a special trailer.
A more aggressive GNOM delivers TM62 anti-tank mines: Temerland released a YouTube video showing the robot driving underneath an enemy vehicle and detonating. From underneath, the mines’ 7-kg explosive charge will destroy the heaviest tank, but even getting close should be enough to damage a track and immobilize it. (The Australian Army signed a contract for similar kamikaze ground robots last year).
“Work is underway on mobile platforms for transporting mines,” says Trotsenko. “New designs are being tested.”
Previously the company has announced other possible GNOM variants armed with anti-tank missiles or acting as communications relays or drone carriers.
For the meantime, GNOM will be on scouting duty. Temerland developers say that the vehicle is nearly silent and has a low profile. It can be equipped with a 360-degree camera on a telescoping mast to give a detailed view of the surroundings.
Ukraine fields other remote systems, including a sedan armed with a remote-controlled 14.5mm heavy machinegun, but the GNOM will be the first robotic vehicle on the scene. Russia also has military robots, but so far the only units seen in Ukraine are Uran-6 demining robots; the Uran-9 robotic tank, which performed poorly in Syria, has not shown up in this war.
Tactical robots have long been promoted as a way to reduce casualties and keep soldiers out of the line of fire, while maintaining contact with the enemy. GNOM may prove invaluable for getting a close view of Russian forces – and directing artillery fire on to them – without risking Ukrainian lives.
As the war rages in Ukraine, manufacturers are rolling out large numbers UGVs at the Eurosatory 2022 trade show, some larger and seemingly more sophisticated and more expensive than the GNOM. But the success or otherwise of the small Ukrainian robot in action may do more to shape the future of remote warfare than any of them.
Author of ‘Swarm Troopers: How small drones will conquer the world,’ following cutting-edge military technology in general and unmanned systems in particular. New science fiction collection ‘Time Loopers: Four Tales From a Time War’ out now in paperback and Kindle.