India has been trying to ramp up its military capability in sync changing security dynamics in the region.
The third generation ‘fire and forget’ Anti Tank Guided Missile (ATGM) Nag has completed developmental trials paving the way for its induction in the armed forces.
The indigenously developed missile equipped with Imaging Infrared Radar (IIR) seeker was flight tested twice from a range in Rajasthan on Friday and it successfully hit targets under different conditions.
Though the missile was to be handed over to Army in June last year, it was deferred due to delay in completion of developmental trials due to some technical reasons.
Nag missile has two variants, land and air launched. While the land variant has a range of upto four km, the air launched version has a range of around eight km.
The missile is equipped with many advanced technologies including the IIR seeker with integrated avionics, a capability possessed by few nations in the world.
Designed to destroy modern main battle tanks and other heavily armoured targets, it incorporates an advanced passive homing guidance system and possesses high single-shot kill probability.
Nag is a third generation ‘fire and forget’ anti tank missile developed in India. It is one of five missile systems developed by the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) under the Integrated Guided Missile Development Program (IGMDP). Nag has been developed at a cost of ₹3 billion.
Nag, also known as a baby of Defence Research and Development Laboratory (DRDL) or DRDO, was earlier a part of the Integrated Guided Missile Development Programme of the DRDO which was launched in the 1980s.
The Integrated Guided Missile Development Programme (IGMDP) was an Indian Ministry of Defence programme for the research and development of the comprehensive range of missiles. The programme was managed by the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) and Ordnance Factories Board in partnership with other Indian government political organisations.
The Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) is an agency of the Republic of India, charged with the military’s research and development, headquartered in New Delhi, India.
It was formed in 1958 by the merger of the Technical Development Establishment and the Directorate of Technical Development and Production with the Defence Science Organisation. It is under the administrative control of the Ministry of Defence, Government of India.
With a network of 52 laboratories, which are engaged in developing defence technologies covering various fields, like aeronautics, armaments, electronics, land combat engineering, life sciences, materials, missiles, and naval systems, DRDO is India’s largest and most diverse research organisation.
The defence ministry said Nag has been successfully flight tested twice by the DRDO against two different targets in Rajasthan. The missile can hit a target up to seven km.
“The ATGM Nag missile has successfully hit both the targets under different ranges and conditions with very high accuracy as desired by the armed forces,” the ministry said.
The defence ministry said, that flight tests and the trials in June marked the successful completion of development trials of Nag missile.
“With these two successful flight trials, and the flight test conducted earlier in June in the peak of summer, the complete functionality of Nag ATGM along with launcher system NAMICA has been established and marked the successful completion of development trials of Nag missile,” the ministry said.
The NAMICA version of the missile is a ‘lock-on before launch’ system, where the target is identified and designated before the missile is launched. As the targeting system is based on visual identification, the range is limited.
NAMICA (Nag Missile Carrier) launch vehicle for the land version of the Nag a third generation, all weather, top-attack, fire-and-forget anti-tank missile with the Indian Army.
The Indian Army has been awaiting the induction of the Nag missile since long. The missile, which is under development since 80s, had failed during user trials by the army personnel from Mahajan firing range in Rajasthan in 2012. The missile was then fired with the modified launcher NAMICA and achieved success.