India’s first unmanned tank Muntra is here. Here are the details

India’s first unmanned tank developed by the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) has been rolled out of the Chennai lab.

Muntra, the unmanned tank, has three variants - surveillance, mine detection and reconnaissance in areas with nuclear and bio threats.

It is likely to be used in Naxal-hit areas. Recently, two remotely operated vehicles designed like an armoured tank were on display at an exhibition as a tribute to former President APJ Abdul Kalam.


Muntra-S has been developed for unmanned surveillance missions, whereas Muntra-M is built for detecting mines. Muntra-N, on the other hand, will be deployed in areas where nuclear radiation or bio weapon risk is high.

The vehicle has been tested. It’s surveillance radar, which has an integrated camera can be used to spy on ground target 15km away.

DRDO chairman S Christopher said the organisation was working on installing AWAC (Airborne Early Warning and Control System) on an A330 aircraft. The system is now perfected for use on a smaller Embraer plane.