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Army 2016: Tigr-M unmanned vehicle armed with cannon breaks cover

15 September 2016
The unmanned Tigr-M armed with a 2A72 30 mm cannon. Source: Nikolai Novichkov

Russia's Military Industrial Company (VPK) has developed an unmanned variant of its VPK-33115 Tigr-M light utility vehicle armed with a 30 mm automatic cannon.

The unmanned ground vehicle (UGV) was unveiled at the Army 2016 defence exhibition held outside Moscow.

Speaking to IHS Jane's at Army 2016 a company spokesperson said that "VPK has developed the unmanned Tigr-M in conjunction with the 766th Management Production and Processing Equipment (UPTK) JSC. The vehicle has received a remote control weapon station (RCWS) armed with a 30 mm Shipunov 2A72 cannon and a 7.62 mm Kalashnikov PKTM coaxial machinegun. The fire control system and the structure of the RCWS are unified with the unmanned turret of the Uran-9 robotic system developed by the 766th UPTK. The new vehicle is fully unmanned, as it can search, detect, track, and eliminate targets in automatic mode. At present, it is successfully passing fire and manoeuvre trials. We suppose that Russia's Ministry of Defence will show its interest in the unmanned Tigr-M."

According to the official specifications, the unmanned Tigr-M has a combat weight of 8,200 kg, and an ammunition load of 200 30x165 mm rounds and 1,000 7.62x54R mm cartridges. The vehicle can be remotely controlled at a 3 km distance. It can eliminate land targets at a 5,000 m distance by day and at a 1,000 m distance by night. The unmanned Tigr-M features an electro-optical fire control system with an automatic target tracking device.

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