Thursday, August 5, 2021

India successfully test fires anti tank missile Nag

In a major development, the Defence Research and Development Organization (DRDO) today successfully completed the final trial of Nag anti-tank missile using a live warhead on a dud tank at Pokhran army ranges at 6.45 am on Wednesday.

The shoulder launched four-kilometre range missile with imaging infrared seeker will now be inducted in Indian Army.

According to senior government officials, the Nag anti-tank missile is now ready for induction at locations such as the East-Ladakh sector. It has completed 10 successful user trial with the weapon finding and then hitting the target.

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The DRDO has been on a missile testing spree for a little over a month with only the 1,000 km range sub-sonic cruise missile Nirbhay, developing a snag during a test earlier this month.

The missile is now expected to test fire in the coming months as the technical snag in the booster has been identified and rectified by the missile team.

It was due to unavailability of a credible anti-tank weapon, that India had to buy around 200 pieces of Spike anti-tank missiles from Israel as emergency purchases after the aggression by People’s Liberation Army in Ladakh.
The Spike missiles were purchases after the Galwan flare-up on June 15 after which both India and China have deployed troops all along the 1597 km Line of Actual Control (LAC) in Ladakh.

The need for anti-tank missile was sorely felt after PLA amassed artillery, rockets and tanks in occupied Aksai Chin to deter India.

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