India Test-Fires Stand-off Anti-tank (SANT) Missile

India successfully test-fired the indigenously developed Stand-off Anti-tank (SANT) missile off the coast of Odisha on Monday.

According to The New Indian Express, the anti-armor missile was test fired from a roof-top launcher at the Chandipur Integrated Test Range (ITR) in Balasore against a static target.

The report said that the “crucial developmental trial” conducted by Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) in association with the Indian Air Force (IAF) met all mission parameters as the missile hit the target with “high accuracy”.

The SANT missile is an upgraded version of HeliNa (Helicopter Launched Nag) anti-tank guided missile (ATGM) which is in turn the air-launched variant of the indigenously developed Nag ATGM. The missile is equipped with an advanced seeker and has both lock-on before launch and lock-on after launch capability. It is capable of destroying targets 15-20 km away.

“While the earlier version of the missile has a strike range of about eight km, the upgraded variant with infrared imaging seeker can cover at least double he distance. One more trial of the missile has been planned on Tuesday. A series of successful tests would pave the way for its induction and serial production,” a defence official told The Express.

One more trial of the fourth generation ‘fire and forget’ missile is planned for Tuesday. The trials are being conducted after the weapon system underwent tests in desert conditions in Pokhran firing range.

The missile will enter service with the Indian Air Force (IAF) and the Indian Army Aviation Corps on board HAL Light Combat Helicopter (LCH) and the weaponized variant of HAL Dhruv Advanced Light Helicopter (ALH), the Rudra ALH-WSI (Weapon System Integrated).

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