DRDO test fires LASER guided anti-tank missile
On September 23, 2020, the Defence Research Development Organisation test fired an indigenously developed LASER guided anti-tank guided missile (ATGM) from Ahmednagar, Maharashtra. The missile was fired from MBT Arjun tank.
In these tests that were recently conducted, the ATGM defeated a target of 3 km. The test was conducted at the KK Ranges in Armored Corps Centre and School. The missile will enhance fire power capability of the Indian Army which is highly required in the current border tensions across Line of Control and Line of Actual Control.
They are primarily designed to destroy armoured military vehicles. Earlier, the anti-tank weapons provided to the military did not have high armour penetration. These were anti-tank rockets, anti-tank rifles, anti-tank mines. The anti-tank guided missiles have now given the Indian soldiers to defeat enemy tanks with light and medium armours from a longer range. As of 2016, over 130 countries in the world possess ATGM technology.
Anti-Guided Missiles in India
The ATGMs in India are as follows
Amogha Missile: It has a range of 2.8 km. It was the first missile to be designed and tested by the Bharat Dynamics Limited.
Nag Missile: It is also called Prospina. It has an operational range of 500 metres to 20 km. It comes in various versions such as HELINA (Helicopter launched Nag), land version for mast mounted system, air launched version, NAMICA (Nag Missile Carrier) tank.
Stand-off Anti-Tank (SANT) missile: It is a variant of the HELINA missile. It was developed to be used from Unmanned Aerial Vehicles.
Cannon Launched ATGM: It has a range of 5 km. It can be launched from a 120 mm main gun of Arjun Tank.
Jasmine: They are third generation ATGMs. It has been proposed by the VEM Technologies Private Technologies.
ATGMs from Israel
Indi buys several ATGMs from Israel. Some of them are Spike, Orev, LAHAT, MAPATs.
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