Beware enemies! DRDO develops 1st unmanned tank 'Muntra' to fight in extreme conditions
Source :NewsBharati   Date :30-Jul-2017

New Delhi, July 30: Defence Research and Development Organization (DRDO) has for the 1st time, developed an unmanned tank named 'Muntra'. It was developed by DRDO subsidiary Combat Vehicles Research and Development Establishment in Avadi.

DRDO said that Muntra’s three variants have been developed i.e. one for surveillance, one for mine detection and one for reconnaissance in areas with nuclear and bio threats. The paramilitary has expressed interest in using them in areas affected by Naxals.

These remotely operated tanks were tested and validated at the Mahajan field firing range in Rajasthan which is well known for its rough terrain and extreme weather conditions.

The vehicles were exposed to dusty desert conditions where temperatures touched 52 degrees Celcius. But the Indian forces comfortably teleoperated the vehicle.

The Muntra is also equipped with surveillance radar, an integrated camera along with laser range finder which can be used to spy on ground targets like crawling men or heavy vehicles up to 15km away.

These tanks were put on display at an exhibition - Science for Soldiers - organised by the DRDO as a tribute to former President APJ Abdul Kalam at CVRD in Avadi. This Showcased is a remote command centre, helmet-mounted night vision, nano-driven thermal and electromagnetic protection and other laser weapons.