VLADMIR Putin is ready to put his favorite “war toys” into battle in Ukraine – including robotic tanks, kamikaze stealth drones and parachute dogs.
His fearsome high-tech arsenal can be deployed along with paratroopers and artillery a quick step forward in Kiev.
About 127,000 Russian personnel and conventional heavy armor have gathered near the Ukrainian border in the north and east.
Boris Johnson warned the Kremlin strongman today that any invasion will be followed by a guerrilla war and worst bloodshed since 1945.
“No one can benefit from such a catastrophe,” he said. “If President Putin chooses the path of bloodshed and destruction, he must realize that it will be both tragic and futile.”
It happened when Kiev announced that the Russian army was was inside Ukraineattempted a failed “false flag” operation as an excuse for war.
Fears of an “anyday” invasion have slammed £55bn of 100 FTSE shares and sent gas prices soaring.
Britain promoted Ukraine by plunging into 2,000 NLAW . shoulder-launched rockets to blow up Russian tanks.
NATO allies have also put jets and planes on standby as Joe Biden considers sending 50,000 troops to the region.
But the entrenched defenders – including thousands of volunteers – faced a severe blow from a bunch of monstrous space age weapons dream with Putin’s coffin.
The conflict could see the first combat using remotely controlled tanks and the first aerial combat between drones.
Russian firepower within the borders of present-day Ukraine includes:
Kremlin-backed scientists claim to have perfected the world’s first autonomous robotic tank, which can be used to wipe out Ukraine’s trenches.
After combat tests in Syria, the first unit of the Attack robot Uran-9 Russian defense officials went into action.
They are thought to be able to operate independently and in groups using AI, as well as by remote control.
Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu boasted: “The mass production of combat robots has begun.
“We’ve got not only prototypes, but real robots that can appear in sci-fi movies, capable of fighting on their own.”
Shoigu description scary machines – an unmanned mini-tank with sensors, missiles, heavy machine guns and flamethrowers – is Moscow’s “weapon of tomorrow”.
And it could prove to be the perfect weapon for attacks on Ukrainian trenches that stretch 250 miles through the eastern Donbas region occupied by Russian-backed separatists.
Russia is also developing an even more fearsome robot tank, BMPT-72 “Terminator”is said to be able to survive nuclear explosions and shoot planes from the sky.
And Super tank T-14 “stealth” robot is said to be able to wipe out enemies without human control.
Mine ‘flying Kalashnikov’
An aerial minefield of the X-winged Lancet kamikaze drone – dubbed “Flying Kalashnikov” – can use Ukrainian fighter drones.
The point of space age engineering is set to go into “anxiety mode” above the battlefield to carry out attacks and monitor enemy drones.
Russian sources also warn that British or American naval vessels may Face the attack from the damage sentinels in the sky.
The warning comes after Russia opened fire on the Royal Navy destroyer HMS Defender as it sailed off the coast of Crimea last June.
Modern War the first drone battles looks certain to overtake Donbas with the launch of a “flying Kalashnikov” missile – also believed to have been tested in Syria.
But the Russian Lancet weapon is said to fly twice as fast as the Turkish-made Ukrainian Bayraktar drone.
A pro-Kremlin military source said: “Russia has something that cools down the enthusiasm of those who want to fight – this also blows up the sky.”
An army or paratrooper dog can be brought into the front lines under parallel chutes specially adapted to their handlers.
The training video shows the hounds – wearing armor and wearing dark glasses – being dropped from an Mi-8 helicopter from an altitude of 13,000 ft with special forces of the Russian National Guard.
The “World First” trials proved successful as well-trained animals were ready for combat missions seconds after their paws hit the ground.
They can be used in Ukraine to ensure tight regional security for troops and counter rescue operations.
Putin gave Dogs of War technology his personal consent when he visited the Ivanovo factory, east of Moscow, which produces proto-style slides last year.
Swimming pool ‘flying’
An amazing light tank capable of parachuting in land or water combat is also said to be ready for action.
Video of the tests shows Sprut-SDM1 being dropped on special parachute canopies before plunging into the Black Sea while continuing to launch targets from the water.
The 18-ton multipurpose war machine has the same firepower as the Russian T-90 tank, but can hit targets three miles away while navigating the seas.
“It showed high navigability during tests in the Black Sea, and also proved capable of being transported by large amphibious ships,” said Russian manufacturer Rostec.
It passed kill-fire tests, in which its 125mm 2S25 self-propelled anti-tank gun fired projectiles while it was rocked by waves up to 4ft high.
Kalashnikov Self-Fire Gun
Russia is about to perfect a revolutionary new generation of Kalashnikov rifles “with its own brain” – said to be capable of finding and killing enemies.
A prototype was recently demonstrated to Defense Minister Vladimir Putin, Shoigu at a major arms show.
Its designers say the weapon will not only pinpoint the target, but also end the need for the shooter to pull the trigger.
“We created some elements of the system,” said lead designer Sergey Urzhumtsev.
“Artificial intelligence has enabled the near-complete automation of the processes of identifying, targeting and tracking targets, as well as making a shot.
“We demonstrated them for the first time, including before the Minister of Defense of Russia, within the framework of the international military-technical forum Army-2021.”
Urzhumtsev added that future Russian soldiers will only need to “allow” their weapons to find and kill their enemies.
A Russian technical report said the new gun not only helps soldiers aim, but it also “replaces the human need to physically impact the weapon, to pull the trigger.”
Stealth Drone ‘Hunter’
Russia’s first new stealth drone – the S-70 Okhotnik, which means Hunter – has been deployed at a secret defense plant in Siberia.
The Hunter’s flat, tailless airframe is designed to make it invisible to radar while it is capable of flying from Moscow to London and back on a single mission.
Future Russian Su-57 fighter pilots will participate in the war with the support of up to 4 drones.
The hunters are armed with missiles plus electro-optical reconnaissance radar and reconnaissance equipment.
Hundreds of them are now in service after a prototype was announced in 2019, first flown by a single operator and then from the cockpit of an accompanying fighter jet.
“The launch of the drone signals the end of the whole process of assembling and equipping all the necessary equipment on board the ship,” said Deputy Defense Minister Alexey Krivoruchko.
Vladimir Putin has personally oversaw the development of Russia’s unmanned air force, boasting recently that 2,000 Russian war machines have now flown without a pilot.
He added: “We need to continue to study them, including the use of artificial intelligence.
“And the experience we get from using them.”
A defense source told The Sun: “The UK and the US have belatedly arming Ukraine while Putin has spent years getting interested in this technology of war.
“He certainly wants to see a reward from Russia’s huge investment if war breaks out.”
The US is catching up in the development of new weapons after warning it is lagging behind Russia and China a new high-tech arms race.
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