The Indian Army and the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) have successfully tested all-indigenous, laser-guided, anti-tank guided missiles (ATGMs).
The ATGMs were fired from the Arjun Main Battle Tank (MBT) at KK Ranges with the support of the Armoured Corps Centre & School (ACC&S), Ahmednagar, Maharashtra, India.
In a statement, the Indian Ministry of Defence said the missiles hit the targets at two different ranges with precision and successfully destroyed them.
The flight performance of the missiles was satisfactory as per data recorded by the telemetry systems.
The ATGM uses a tandem, high explosive, anti-tank warhead to hit explosive reactive armour (ERA) protected armoured vehicles.
The weapon system is equipped with a multi-platform launch capability. At present, the ATGM is undergoing technical evaluation trials from the 120mm rifled gun of the Arjun MBT.
Indian Defence Minister Rajnath Singh lauded the DRDO and the Indian Army for the successful test-firing of the ATGMs and Department of Defence R&D secretary and DRDO chairman Dr Satheesh Reddy congratulated the teams associated with the mission.
In June this year, the Indian Army and DRDO successfully tested a laser-guided ATGM that hit the target with precision and at minimum ranges.
The test launch established the ATGM’s capability to engage targets from minimum to maximum ranges.
Later in July, the DRDO conducted the maiden flight of the Autonomous Flying Wing Technology Demonstrator.