India’s Nag Anti-tank Guided Missile To Undergo Final User Acceptance Trials In Few Days
India’s Defense Research Development Organization (DRDO) will undergo its final user acceptance trials of its Nag, Gen-3 Fire and Forget Anti-Tank Guided Missile in the next few days.
DRDO had to postpone the trials after it cited technical reasons in the ‘Qualification Testing of the Rocket Motor’ used in the missile as the ground for rescheduling or the delay.
“The DRDO is working on a slightly reduced range of Nag, the indigenously-built third generation anti-tank guided missile,” Director General S. Christopher Thursday.
“The missile identifies the target (tank) through infra-red seeking. So if the environment is cool and even if the differential temperature is just two degree, it can identify the target,” he told reporters here. “But if the tank is left for hours in summer (sun), that is what we did during the recent trial, the temperature difference between the tank and the environment is negligible and that is the time we cannot meet the targeted four km range,”
Christopher, when asked, admitted that problems still persist with the Nag anti-tank guided missile that was to undergo its final user acceptance trials by the Army in the next few days. According to the DG, there are problems with the missile’s seeker system.
Nag is a third-generation, fire-and-forget, anti-tank guided missile developed by India’s state-owned Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) to support both mechanised infantry and airborne forces of the Indian Army.
It is one of five missile systems developed by the Defence Research and Development Organisation(DRDO) under the Integrated Guided Missile Development Program.
The missile incorporates an advanced passive homing guidance system and possesses high single-shot kill probability. It is designed to destroy modern main battle tanks and other heavily armoured targets.
In its trials, the missile proved its capability against both moving and stationary targets, covering varying ranges of 500 meters to 2,600 metres. Nag ATGM has already seen two decades of development. The Indian Army has already placed an initial order for 443 missiles and 13 Namicas.
Nag can be launched from land and air-based platforms. The land version is currently available for integration on the Nag missile carrier (NAMICA), which is derived from a BMP-2 tracked infantry combat vehicle.
The helicopter-launched configuration, designated as helicopter-launched NAG (HELINA), can be fired from Dhruv advanced light helicopter (ALH) and HAL Rudra (ALH WSI) attack helicopter.
Source:- Defense World