Adding one more missile test in the list, Defence Research and Development Organisation today successfully carried out final trial of Nag Anti Tank Guided Missile (ATGM).
The test was carried out at 6:45 AM at the Pokhran field firing ranges in Rajasthan. With the another successful test of Nag missile today, the weapon system in now ready for the induction in Indian Army.
“India today successfully carried out the final trial of the DRDO-developed Nag anti-tank guided missile with a warhead. The test was carried out at 6:45 am at the Pokhran field firing ranges in Rajasthan,” Defence Research and Development Organisation officials told ANI here.
NAG is a third generation Fire and Forget Anti Tank guided Missile also known as “Prospina” for the land attack version which has a engagement range of 4-7 KM.
Two days earlier DRDO successfully conducted the test of SANT (Stand-off Anti Tank) missile which is a Helicopter Launch variant of Nag missile has a engagement range of up to 20 KM.
It has a length of 1.85 m and a total diameter of 0.20 m, fitted with a Tandem-Charge HEAT Penetration warhead.
This missile has a total weight of 43 Kg with 8 KG of warhead. It uses Imaging Infra-red (IIR) seeker and active radar homing as their guidance system.
Nag missile system fired from NAMICA (NAG Misssile Carrier), it has a top attack capabilities that can effectively neutralise enemy armoured vehicles and tanks.
An order of 300 Nag missiles and 25 NAMICA has been approved by Defence Acquisition council (DAC) of Indian Ministry of Defense in 2018.
This missile was designed and developed by Defense Research Development Organisation (DRDO) with a partnership of VEM technologies and will be manufactured by Bharat Dynamic Limited.
Indian Army needs third generation ATGM. According to a report Army has a shortage of 68,000 ATGMs and 850 launcher of different types.
DRDO is currently working on Man Portable version of Anti-Tank Guided Missile which has a effective firing range of 2.5 KM.