It achieved the maximum range and was bang on target
HYDERABAD: The third generation hit-to-kill anti-tank missile, Nag, was successfully testfired at Pokhran in Rajasthan on Tuesday. The advanced weapon system damaged the target, a stationary tank four km away.
Talking to The Hindu from the launch site, Nag’s project director S.S. Mishra said the missile achieved the maximum range and was bang on target. “We got the bull’s eye,” he said after the missile was launched around 1.20 pm. The test-firing was preceded in the last few days by pre-launch transportation trials in the desert terrain “with full combat load.”
Director, Defence Research and Development Laboratory (DRDL), P. Venugopalan said all the mission objectives were met during the testfiring he described as the “last developmental trial.” He said the changes wanted by the user were incorporated in the missile which could be operated both during the day and night. He said the user trial would be conducted in a couple of months.
S.K. Chaudhuri, associate director, Research Centre Imarat (a key laboratory of the DRDO’s missile complex) and chairman of the Flight Readiness Review (FRR) for the trial, said the missile proved the capability for “highest technology in seeker and control guidance system.” Equipped with Imaging Infrared Seeker and lock-on-after-launch capability, and carrying a real warhead, it was fired from Namica, a dedicated missile carrier.
Within 21 seconds of its launch, it homed in on the target and with the help of a “precursor charge” created a huge hole on the tank, demonstrating its “top attack” capability. Soon after the precursor charge made a hole, the main warhead zoomed into the tank and exploded, causing damage to the derelict vehicle.
The indigenously-developed Nag is a two-stage solid propellant missile and each Namica carries 12 missiles with eight of them in ready-to-fire mode.