India’s Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) has performed a series of test firings of the Nag anti-tank guided missiles.
Three test firings were conducted on 7 July in the Pokhran firing ranges ahead of the induction of the missiles into the Indian Army, ANI reported.
The news agency quoted unidentified DRDO officials as saying: “The missiles were test-fired during both day and night on Sunday during the trials. All three tests were successful.”
Sources in the government told ANI that the Nag missile is in the final stages of induction.
The missile is expected to be mounted on the army’s modified armoured vehicles.
The fire-and-forget, anti-tank guided missile was designed and developed by DRDO.
Last year, India’s Defence Acquisition Council chaired by the then Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman cleared a Rs5.24bn ($76.5m) deal to purchase Nag Missile System (NAMIS).
NAMIS comprises the Nag missile and the Missile Carrier Vehicle (NAMICA), which is derived from a BMP-2 tracked infantry combat vehicle.
The third-generation missile is designed to ‘effectively engage and destroy all known enemy tanks during day and night’ and strengthen the army’s capability against enemy armour.
The report further stated that DRDO is expected to conduct additional tests to validate the capabilities of the missile.
Nag was developed under the integrated guided missile development programme (IGMDP). The programme involved the development of four other missiles, including Agni, Akash, Trishul and Prithvi.
Agni, Akash and Prithvi missiles have been inducted into the country’s armed forces.
Nag anti-tank guided missiles are available in two variants, the land version and the helicopter-launched configuration.
In February last year, DRDO flight-tested the missiles in desert conditions against two tank targets.