Y. Mallikarjun

HYDERABAD: With the successful completion of the first phase of final user trials of anti-tank guided missile Nag at the Chandan Air Force ranges, near Pokhran, Rajasthan in the past few days, its induction by the Army is expected to begin immediately, according to its project director S.S. Mishra.

As many as five missiles were fired against moving and stationary targets at different times during day and night as part of winter trials, which were conducted from December 25 to 29. The Director-General of Mechanised Forces witnessed the flight test on Monday. The summer trials would be held in June 2009.

Target accuracy

Mr. Mishra told The Hindu on Tuesday that comprehensive checks were carried out on the reliability of the target acquisition system and the missile seeker as also the efficacy and lethality of the tandem warhead.

He said the accuracy of the missile to hit a target and efficacy of the warhead to achieve “k-kill” (capability to kill) were conclusively established. Among others, the ruggedness of the dedicated missile carrier, Namica, was also proved through extensive transportation trials covering a distance of 155 km in the desert terrain.

The Nag was the only third generation anti-tank guided missile, which was configured on a dedicated vehicle with as many as eight missiles in ready-to-fire mode on the turret. Additionally, there was an option to carry four missiles in the hull compartment of the vehicle.

Although the Nag was much heavier than its contemporaries like USA’s Javelin and Israel’s Spike, it has a longer range (4 km) in a fire-and-forget mode.

The range of the other two anti-tank missiles was 2 km.