The Nag anti-tank missile, test-fired with a live warhead, destroyed an old tank at the Pokhran army range on Thursday at DRDO.
The Defence Research and Development Organization(DRDO) completed the final trial of Nag anti-tank missile using a live warhead on a dud tank at the Pokhran army range at 645 am on Wednesday. The shoulder-launched four Kilometre range missile with imaging infrared seeker will now be enlisted the in Indian Army.
The Nag trial comes after the DRDO tested the helicopter launched stand-off Anti-tank Missile (SANT) with beyond 10 km range from the Balasore testing range in Odisha on October 19. Although the missile will ultimately be integrated with a helicopter in the future, the test was conducted from the ground and was triumphant. The DRDO has been on a missile testing spree for a little while with only 1,000 km range sub-sonic cruise missile Nirbhay, developing a hurdle during a test this month. The missile is now anticipated to be test-fired in the upcoming months.
The final trial of the Nag anti-tank missile means that the Indian Army will no longer have to import this weapon from either Israel and US for the range of four Kilometres. It is was due to the unavailability of a credible anti-tank weapon, that India had to buy around 200 pieces of Spike anti-tank missiles from Israel as emergency purchases after the aggression by the People's Liberation Army in Ladakh.
The Spike missiles were purchased after the Galwan Flare-up on June 15 after which Both India and China have developed troops all along the 1597 km Line of Actual Control (LAC) in Ladakh. The necessity for an anti-tank missile was sorely felt after PLA amassed artillery, rockets, and tanks and occupied Aksai Chin to deter India.