Ukrainian military tech developers created a new unmanned ground vehicle (UGV) with the ability to carry explosives and drive under armored vehicles, the project's spokesperson, Viktoriia Kovalchuk, told Business Insider on Oct. 25.
The UGV, named Ratel S or Honey Badger, was developed as part of the Brave1 government initiative.
The initiative was launched in April to invest in defense tech innovations that can be utilized by the Ukrainian military, as well as serve as a platform to connect the industry's stakeholders.
"The main idea is that the robot (Ratel S) is used as a mobile warhead that carries anti-tank mines or other explosive devices," said Kovalchuk, adding that it can run for 40–50 minutes at an average speed or for up to two hours at a slower speed.
Digital Transformation Minister Mykhailo Fedorov also shared pictures of the Ratel S and videos of it in action on Telegram.
The Ratel S passed field tests, Fedorov said, and has been put into mass production.
It will join a number of other innovative pieces of Ukrainian military equipment developed since the beginning of the full-scale invasion.