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VPK announces remote-controlled Tigr armored vehicle: Report

By Geoff Ziezulewicz
VPK announces remote-controlled Tigr armored vehicle: Report
Russia's VPK company has designed a remote-controlled version of its armored Tigr vehicle, the Tass news agency reported. Photo courtesy VPK LLC

MOSCOW, Aug. 29 (UPI) -- Russia's VPK company has designed a remote-controlled version of its armored Tigr vehicle, Russian news agency Tass reported.

The vehicle is armed with a 30mm gun that can move and fire via an operator's commands and can also identify and track targets on its own, VPK CEO Aleksandr Krasovitsky was quoted by Tass as saying.

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It is currently undergoing test runs and firing tests, and has performed well so far, Tass reported.

VPK has managed to mount the 30mm gun on a two-axle armored vehicle while keeping the total mass under nine tons, Krasovistky said.

The Tigr is a multi-purpose vehicle designed for counterterrorist operations and used by several units of Russia's Defense Ministry and the Ministry of the Interior.

It features high reliability in high-heat desert environments. It can negotiate sand dunes and cross wet gaps as deep as four feet, VPK said.

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