“Muntra”- India’s First Unmanned Tank has Been Launched
“Muntra”- India’s First Unmanned Tank has been launched
Muntra is another technological success achieved by Chennai: DRDO (Defence Research and Development Organization) lab. Muntra is the series of the unmanned tank which can be operated remotely has been launched, tested and validated at Mahajan field firing range in Rajasthan. Army has reported that they have operated it successfully even under a dusty desert condition with temperature to a height of 52-degree centigrade.
Muntra- the name comes from Mission Unmanned Track. Muntra has three series Muntra S, Muntra M and Muntra N.
Muntra S- It is country’s very first unmanned vehicle which can be tracked. This tank has been developed for various unmanned surveillance operation.
Muntra M- This tank is used for detecting mines.
Muntra N- It will be used for operation in the areas which under bio weapon risk or where the area is affected by nuclear radiation.
Features of Muntra
Muntra is with some latest features which make it compatible for Army. It has surveillance radar, integrated camera and has laser range finder which can spy till 15 kilometers on the ground. Muntra has a capacity to spy any heavy vehicle even crawling man till fifteen kilometers.
This unmanned tank will be specially used to hit Naxal-hit areas. These tanks will have further modifications as per army requirement and area limitations.
More about Muntra and other DRDO initiatives
Muntra has been offered as a tribute from DRDO to former President APJ Abdul Kalam at CVRDE (Combat Vehicles Research and Development Establishment) in Avadi. These tanks are designed as an armored tank which was displayed at exhibition named as Science for Soldiers which was organized by DRDO (Defence Research and Development Organization). DRDO also exhibited the CCPT vehicle which is basically a remotely managed command center. There were also other weapons which were showcased in the exhibition such as nano-driven thermal & electromagnetic protection, helmet-mounted night vision, and laser weapons. This exhibition totally nullified the negativity towards DRDO department and their ability. S Christopher, the DRDO chairman declared that all the products displayed to convey the technical competence of the department. He also declared that team is working on installing AWAC on A330 aircraft and is now perfect for use on small Embraer plane. AWAC is Airborne Early Warning and Control System. This will be showcased soon. He also declared if they receive fund around five lakh crore then most probably they can survive on their own. By exporting various items they have currently generated one lakh crore. A great job was done! All the best from us to DRDO team.