India’s Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) has conducted a successful test firing of Laser Guided Anti Tank Guided Missile from Arjun Main Battle Tank (MBT) on Spt. 23.
The firing trials were conducted at KK Ranges of Armoured Corps Centre and School (ACC&S) Ahmednagar in the Maharashtra state. According to DRDO, the anti-tank guided missile (ATGM) successfully defeated a target at 3 km during the trials.
Defence Minister Rajnath Sigh congratulated the DRDO team for the successful test firing of the new missile.
“Congratulations to DRDO for successfully conducting test firing of Laser Guided Anti Tank Guided Missile from MBT Arjun at KK Ranges (ACC&S) in Ahmednagar. India is proud of Team DRDO which is assiduously working towards reducing import dependency in the near future”, the Minister said.
Congratulations to @DRDO_India for successfully conducting test firing of Laser Guided Anti Tank Guided Missile from MBT Arjun at KK Ranges (ACC&S) in Ahmednagar.
India is proud of Team DRDO which is assiduously working towards reducing import dependency in the near future. pic.twitter.com/WuBivV7VYU
— Rajnath Singh (@rajnathsingh) September 23, 2020
The Laser Guided Anti Tank Guided Missile is being developed by DRDO’s Pune-based Armament Research and Development Establishment (ARDE) division in association with High Energy Materials Research Laboratory (HEMRL) Pune, and Instruments Research & Development Establishment (IRDE) Dehradun under the Cannon Launched Missile Development Programme. The guided missile is primarily designed to destroy modern battle tanks and is capable of being launched from the main gun of the indigenously-developed Arjun battle tank.
The missile is equipped with a laser seeker which makes it capable of actively engaging a moving target, including low-flying helicopters. It employs a tandem high-explosive anti-tank (HEAT) warhead to defeat Explosive Reactive Armour (ERA) protected armoured vehicles.
The ATGM has been developed with multiple-platform launch capability and is currently undergoing technical evaluation trials from the main gun of MBT Arjun.
On Monday, DRDO conducted a successful flight test of Abhyas High-speed Expendable Aerial Target (HEAT) drone from Interim Test Range (ITR) Balasore in Odisha. Abhyas is used as target for evaluation of various missile systems.