Free Syrian Army (FSA) Combat Robots [Part 2]

    As we have seen in one of our previous articles, FSA had serious intentions to benefit from remote-controlled devices: RCWSs and Combat Robots are on the top of the list.

    In this article, we will shed light on two other devices that are made by FSA and deployed in their front lines.

    PKMT Cart

    This is a remote-controlled locally made tricycle cart. From the pictures you can easily see that it’s a very low-cost device –yet it requires some skills and knowledge to make it.

    A car battery serves as the power source for everything, that includes the remote control unit for the mobile device (the cart), the RCWS and the camera which is not visible in this video but it’s probably located under the barrel.

    The cart itself is made out of scrap metal plates that are welded together to form this triangular shape, with a vertical column to mount the machine gun and function as a turret allowing to adjust for traverse and elevation.

    The control device appears to be made by Flintstones. You can see a tablet and control buttons assembled inside a wooden housing that is connected to the device with a 50-meter cable.

    One obvious disadvantage appears in the testing video which is the low speed of the cart, but the overall performance is not bad since the device has good stability on the ground during the shooting in full auto bursts. After all, it’s the best they could make in such a violent environment.

    Ambulance Mini Tank

    The second device we get to see is a miniature Tank. Well, it’s not really a tank but they called it so because its shape resembles a tank.

    The Mini Tank is not yet mounted with any kind of weapons –when the video was released- but they claim that it will be the next step of development.

    The main purpose why they made this device is to use it as a cargo and ambulance cart to carry ammo through the streets where snipers would shoot any human they spot or to evacuate their wounded in front lines where any human who would try to evacuate them would get shot as well. They claim that the tank can carry up to 200 kg of cargo.



    Marawan Maklad

    Marawan Maklad is an Egyptian firearms and ammunition designer working for Turkish company specializing in the hunting and defense industries, and a dedicated researcher in asymmetric conflicts arms and tactics.