INDIA's Indigenous ATGM "NAG" ready for Induction after Successful Trials
By Guardians of INDIA
The Indian Amy has completed user trials of #Nag, which is a modern, all-weather, anti-tank guided missile that can defeat the toughest armours.
The 4-km range, third generation, ‘#fire and#forget’ missile has been tested on both stationary and moving targets during day and night, according to defence scientists.
The Hyderabad-based defence public sector unit Bharat Dynamics Ltd (#BDL) will manufacture the Nag missile. The development also opens up opportunities to several PSUs and the private industry, which can participate in the fabricating and assembly of key components, said Dr V.K. Saraswat, Chief Controller R&D (Strategic Defence and Missiles) of the DRDO (Defence Research Development Organisation).
Nag has 80 per cent #indigenisation. France, the US, Russia and Israel are the only other countries to have such a missile system. But Nag stands out both on its longer range and also all weather hit capability, Dr Saraswat told Business Line here.
In the winter trials carried out last year, the missile achieved six out of six successful hits on both stationary and moving targets. Similarly in the summer trials conducted in the last few days, the success rate has been total, he said.
The Indian Army requires a few thousand Nags, each of which costs approximately Rs 50 lakh, when produced indigenously. Defence scientists are also working on a helicopter version, which would be integrated to the ALH (Advanced Light Helicopter).