DRDO successfully test fires missiles in Pokhran
The Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) successfully carried out three test firings of the indigenously-built third generation Nag Anti Tank Guided Missile (ATGM) in the Pokhran firing ranges on Sunday. The test-firing, thus, helped the induction of the Nag anti-tank guided missiles inch closer into the Army.
“The Rs 524 crore missiles were test-fired during both day and night during the trials and all three tests were successful,” said the DRDO officials.
It may be noted that the Defence Acquisition Council approved the procurement of DRDO’s designed and developed NAG Missile System (NAMIS) in 2018 and presently it is in the final stages of being inducted into the Army and it will be used by mounting them on the modified armoured vehicles. The inclusion of the missile will give a quantum boost to the Army’s capability against enemy armour.
NAG comes in five variants, HeliNa (Helicopter-launched Nag), Land version (with mast-mounted missile launcher), Man Portable NAG, Air-launched version for tactical interdiction aircraft (Upgraded version of Jaguar IS) and NAMICA (NAG Missile Carrier).
It was one of the five strategic missiles planned to be developed under the Integrated Missile Development Programme initiated in the 1980s. Agni I and II, Prithvi, Akash Brahmos, Dhanush, Pinaka and Trishul too have been developed under the project and have been inducted in the armed forces. Trishul project, however, was shut down after being developed as a technology demonstrator.