India’s Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) carried out three successful test firings of the Nag anti-tank guided missiles (ATGMs) in the Pokhran firing ranges on July 7.
During the trails, both day and night test-firings were conducted and all three tests were successful, according to reports.
The indigenously developed third generation missile is in its final stages of being inducted to the Indian Army and is expected to boost the service’s anti-armour capability.
Nag (Cobra or snake) is being developed by DRDO under the Integrated Guided Missile Development Program (IGMDP) and is manufactured by Bharat Dynamics Limited (BDL). The “fire-and-forget” all weather, top attack missile has a range of 3 to 7 km.
The operational launch platform of the baseline variant of the missile is NAMICA (Nag Missile Carrier). NAMICA is a tank destroyer developed for Indian Army based on BMP-2 “Sarath”, the Indian license-produced variant of the Soviet-era BMP-2 armored infantry fighting vehicle.
Each NAMICA vehicles are equipped with two retractable quad-launchers carrying four missiles each in ready-to-fire mode. The vehicles can carry up to 12 missiles in total.
DRDO is also developing helicopter-launched and man portable variants of Nag ATGM.
The helicopter-launched variant, called HeliNa (Helicopter-launched Nag), has a range of 7–8 km and can be launched from twin-tube stub wing-mounted launchers on board HAL Dhruv/Rudra and HAL LCH (Light Combat Helicopter) armed helicopters. The missile is guided by an Infrared Imaging Seeker (IIR) operating in the Lock on Before Launch mode.
In November 2018, an upgraded version of Helina, named Standoff Anti-tank guided missile (SANT), was successfully tested at Pokhran. The upgraded variant reportedly has a range of 15-20 km.
MPATGM (Man Portable Anti-tank Guided Missile) is the man portable version of Nag. The missile is equipped with an advanced IIR seeker and has a range of about 2.5 km. The man portable missile was successfully flight tested in September last year for the first time, and was again tested in March this year.