India developed its first unmanned ground vehicle based on a BMP-1 Chasis

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Ağu 03, 2017, 03:21 ÖS Last Edit: Ağu 03, 2017, 03:23 ÖS by Sabri Ünal

India`s Defense Research and Development Organization has developed the first indigenous unmanned ground vehicle (UGV), according to the Economic Times newspaper. The UGV is based on the Soviet BMP-1 infantry fighting vehicle (IFV) and dubbed Muntra. Two such vehicles were showcased at the Science for Soldiers exhibition.
(source: India Times)

According to the Economic Times, three variants of the Muntra UGV have been developed up to date. The Muntra-S is intended for surveillance and observation missions, while the Muntra-M is a mine clearance vehicle that detects landmines and improvised explosive devices (IED) and deactivates them. The Muntra-N is a reconnaissance vehicle fitted with an advanced nuclear, biological, chemical and radiological (NBCR) protection system that can work in nuclear-/biological-challenged operational environments.

The UGVs are fitted with radars, optical-electronic systems and laser rangefinders that allow ground target observation at a distance of up to 15 km. The Muntra systems have been tested at a military range in Rajasthan province in hot climate. The vehicles are reported to have successfully passed their trials. India`s paramilitary organizations are believed to have an interest in these vehicles.

According to the Rossiyskaya Gazeta newspaper, the BMP-1 IFV has a length of 6.7 m, a width of 2.9 m, a height of 2.1 m, a weight of 13 t, a maximum road speed of 65 km/h and a maximum swimming speed of 7 km /h. The vehicle is fitted with a turret that incorporates a 73 mm 2A28 cannon and a 7.62 mm PKT coaxial machinegun. India`s Armed Forces operate about 360 BMP-1 IFV that are supposed to be phased out in the near future.

DRDO is reported to have demonstrated a number of new designs, ranging from a wall penetrating radar to a mobile network monitoring system and a remote command-and-control post at the Science for Soldiers exhibition in Avadi.
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