Indigenously developed Anti-Tank Guided Missiles (ATGM) Nag was successfully test-fired in desert conditions against two tank targets at different ranges and timings. With this, the developmental trials of Nag missile have been completed and it is now ready for induction.
Director General (Missiles and Strategic Systems) G Satheesh Reddy said the technology pertaining to ATGM to engage targets in different conditions have been established with the successful tests. “Anti Tank Guided Missiles (ATGM) NAG were successfully flight-tested today in desert conditions against two tank focuses on at different ranges and timings,” . “With this, the developmental trials of the missile have been completed and it is now ready for induction,” the source said.
DRDO Chairman and Secretary, Division of Defence Research & Development, S Christopher, congratulated the NAG team for the achievement.
The ATGM NAG was tested at Pokhran’s field firing range in Jaisalmer region against two tank targets at different ranges and timings.
The ATGM NAG has been produced by Defence Research and Development Company (DRDO) and the flight tests have once again proved its capability. With this, the developmental tests of the missile have been completed which is now ready for induction.
The Open fire and Forget 3rd generation ATGM NAG is incorporated with many advanced technologies including the Imaging infrared (IIR) Seeker with integrated avionics, the capability which is possessed by few nations in the world.
Earlier, Imaging Infra Red Seekers were not able to differentiate between the target and surroundings in hot desert temps. Now, highly sensitive detectors have been put in the missile for sensing heat or infra red signals.
Director General (Missiles and Strategic Systems) Dr. G Satheesh Reddy said that with the successful test flights, the technologies regarding ATGM to activate targets in various conditions have been founded.
It is known that last trails of Fireplace and Forget 3rd generation Anti-Tank Guided Missiles(ATGM Nag) were conducted on 13 June 2017, in Pokhran field firing range in Jaisalmer in which also missiles successfully hit the goals.
The third-generation fire-and-forget ATGM has been developed by the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO).
“The flight assessments on Tuesday once more proved its capability. With these checks, its developmental studies have been completed and it is now ready for induction,” an official release said.
Anti-tank guided missile (ATGM):
An Anti-tank missile (ATM), Anti-tank led missile (ATGM), anti-tank guided weapon (ATGW) or anti-armor led weapon, is a guided missile primarily designed to hit and destroy heavily armored military vehicles.
ATGMs range in size from shoulder-launched weapons, which can be transported by a single soldier, to larger tripod-mounted weapons, which require a squad or team to transport and fireplace, to vehicle and aircraft mounted missile systems.
The introduction to the modern battlefield of smaller, man-portable ATGMs with larger warheads has given infantry the ability to defeat light and medium tanks at great ranges, though main battle tanks (MBTs) using composite and reactive armors have proven to be resistant to smaller ATGMs.