Nag Missile Current Affairs - 2019

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Indian Army successfully conducts Summer User Trials of Nag Missile

Indian Army has successfully conducted summer user trials of NAG, 3rd Generation Anti-Tank Guided Missile (ATGM). The test was carried out at Pokhran Field Firing Ranges in Rajasthan. Trials were conducted by user team from Indian Army as per user defined trial directive in presence of senior officials of the Army and DRDO.

Key Highlights

As part of NAG Missile summer user trials, 6 missions were conducted under extreme temperature conditions of Pokhran Ranges. Missile system has already cleared winter user trials in February 2019.

Result: All missiles met mission objectives such as minimum range, maximum range, in direct attack and top attack modes and also achieved a direct hit onto the target.

Way Ahead: Completion of summer user trials will now pave the way for production and induction of missile system into Indian Army.  Center Government has already issued Acceptance of Necessity for induction of NAG after user trials.

About NAG missile

Developed by: Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO), a government agency responsible for military’s research and development,

Features:

It is a 3rd-generation fire and forget class missile.

It is capable of engaging highly fortified enemy tanks in all weather conditions. It has day and night capabilities.

It uses an imaging infrared seeker in lock-on-before-launch mode.

It is launched from NAG missile carrier (NAMICA) which is capable of carrying up to 6 combat missiles.

Range:  Minimum-500 metres and Maximum- 4 kilometres

What makes Nag Missile unique in its class is Robust imaging algorithm that made the missile hit target at 4-kilometre distance even in severe summer desert conditions.

DRDO carries out 3 tests of Nag Missile in one day in Pokhran

The Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) carried out 3 successful test firings of Nag missiles during both day and night in Pokhran firing ranges. With this successful trial of Nag anti-tank guided missiles is in final stages of being inducted into Army.

Background

In 2018 Defence Acquisition Council (DAC) approved procurement of NAG Missile System (NAMIS) at the cost of Rs.524 crore. NAMIS is designed and developed by DRDO. It includes a 3rd generation Anti-Tank Guided Missile, the NAG, along with Missile Carrier Vehicle (NAMICA).

About NAG Missile

It is a 3rd generation anti-tank guided missile, which has top attack capabilities that can effectively engage and destroy all known enemy tanks during day and also in night. Integrated Missile Guided Development Programme: Nag was one of 1st 5 strategic missiles planned to be developed under Integrated Guided Missile Development Programme (IMGDP) initiated in 1980s. Other missiles developed under IMGDP project include Agni, Prithvi, Trishul and Akash. Except Trishul all three of them have been successfully developed and inducted into Indian armed forces as Trishul project was shut down after being developed as technology demonstrator.

Significance: successful induction of NAG missile into Army is expected to give a quantum boost to Army’s capability against enemy armour. Indian Army will use it by mounting them on modified armoured vehicles.

Way Ahead: Indian Army and DRDO are supposed to carry out more tests of missiles also to further validate the missile’s capabilities.