Estonian-made pocket tank in action for the first time

Madis Vaikmaa
, reporter
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The Estonian defense industry presented its latest creation at the Defense Forces central testing polygon yesterday – an unmanned crawler-type vehicle with a Singapore-made 12.7 mm machine gun mounted to its chassis.

Member of Mootor Grupp, Milrem, has spent the past few years developing an unmanned ground vehicle (UGV) that can be used for both civilian and military purposes. Because the machine's guidance system is still in development, the prototype is guided using a Sony PlayStation controller.

The system is extremely simple: inside the two tracks, the UGV holds the suspension, diesel engine, electric motors, and batteries. The diesel engine takes over when the batteries run flat, allowing the UGV to keep moving. The crawler is quite capable on rough terrain and can even operate under water.