Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) has developed an unmanned, remotely operated tank which has three variants surveillance, mine detection and reconnaissance in areas with nuclear and bio threats named as Muntra.
About the vehicle
- Muntra-S is the country’s first tracked unmanned ground vehicle developed for unmanned surveillance missions while Muntra-M is for detecting mines and Muntra-N is for operation in areas where there is a nuclear radiation or bio weapon risk.
- The vehicle has been tested and validated at Mahajan field firing range in Rajasthan under dusty desert conditions where temperatures touched 52 C. Army comfortably tele-operated the vehicle.
- It has surveillance radar, an integrated camera along with laser range finder which can be used to spy on ground target 15km away – may be a crawling men or heavy vehicles.
Source : Economic Times
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