The Indian Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) has successfully completed flight testing of anti-tank guided missile (ATGM) Nag in the desert ranges of the state of Rajasthan.
The fire and forget, third-generation ATGM Nag is equipped with imaging infrared radar (IIR) seeker with integrated avionics, a capability which is possessed by few nations.
During the test, the missile successfully destroyed the target, the Indian Ministry of Defence (MoD) stated.
Scientific adviser to Raksha Mantri (Minister of Defence) and director general for Missiles and Strategic Systems Dr. G. Satheesh Reddy said: “The successful flight test of third-generation ATGM Nag further strengthens the country’s defence capabilities.”
In 2016, Nag missile successfully destroyed a thermal target system (TTS) 4km away during test firing conducted at the Mahajan Field Firing Range, Rajasthan.
It was indigenously developed by DRDO under the Indian MoD’s Integrated Guided Missile Development Programme (IGMDP).
The programme also involved the development of four other missiles, including Agni, Akash, Trishul and Prithvi.
The Nag anti-armour guided weapon has been designed to support both mechanised infantry and airborne forces of the Indian Army.
This 1.85m-long missile is equipped with four foldable wings and has a diameter of 0.20m, wing span of 0.4m and weight of 43kg.
A passive IIR homing seeker guides the missile to the target after its launch in all lighting conditions.