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DRDO Successfully Test-fires anti-Tank Nag Missile

The Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) has successfully test fired anti-tank ‘Nag’ missile in Rajasthan. The test was conducted by Scientists of the Dr. A.P.J. Abdul Kalam Missile Complex at Hyderabad, Defence Laboratory at Jodhpur, High Energy Materials Research Laboratory (HEMRL) at Pune and Armament Research and Development Establishment (ARDE) at Pune.

Nag Missile

The anti-tank Nag missile is one of the five missile systems developed by the Defence Research and Development Organization (DRDO) under the integrated guided missile development programme (IGMDP). The four other missiles developed under this programme include Agni, Akash, Trishul and Prithvi. 

The Nag missile is a third generation anti-tank guided missile which works on “fire and forget” principle. The anti-tank Nag missile has been equipped with the highly advanced Imaging Infrared Radar (IRR) seeker along with integrated avionics. This technology is possessed by very few nations. It also possess advanced passive homing guidance system.

The missile has been designed mainly to destroy modern main battle tanks and other heavily armoured targets. 

Nag can be launched from land and air-based platforms. The helicopter launched version known as helicopter-launched NAG (HELINA) can be fired from Dhruv advanced light helicopter (ALH) and HAL Rudra attack helicopter. The land-based version of the missile is at present available for integration on the Nag missile carrier (NAMICA)

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Nag anti-tank missile successful test fired

The indigenously-built third generation anti-tank missile Nag was successfully test fired at Mahajan Field Firing Range in Rajasthan.

Test

  • During the test, the missile successfully hit the target 4 km away during a night trial validating enhanced capability of Imaging-Infrared seeker (IIS). It mainly guides the missile to the target.
  • The main purpose of test to validate Thermal Target System (TTS) was also tested. TTS had simulated a target similar to an operational tank generating thermal signature.

With this successful test Nag missile was now ready for final and pre-induction user trials.

About Nag anti-tank guided missile

  • Indigenously developed by the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) under the Integrated Guided Missile Development Programme (IGMDP).
  • It is fire-and-forget anti-tank missile. HeliNa is a helicopter-launched version of Nag missile.
  • Operational range: 500m to 4km (Land version), 7-10km (Air-launched).
  • Guidance system: Incorporated with advance Active Imaging infra-red (IIR) seeker.
  • It has been incorporated with HEAT (High explosive anti-tank) warhead also the top-attack all-weather fire-and-forget system capable of destroying modern tanks with armoured protection by nullifying their ERA (explosive reactive armour).

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