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India tests home-grown anti-tank missile

  • Published at 08:41 pm July 21st, 2021
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The Indian man-portable anti-tank guided missile Collected

The low weight, fire and forget, anti-tank guided missile was launched from a man-portable launcher integrated with a thermal sight

In a major military development, India has successfully test-fired an indigenously developed man-portable anti-tank guided missile.

The test conducted by the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) on Wednesday appears to be a major boost to the Indian Army, reports NDTV citing the defence body.

The low weight, fire and forget, anti-tank guided missile was launched from a man-portable launcher integrated with a thermal sight, according to news agency ANI, which quoted the DRDO as saying.

The missile hit the target, a dummy tank, in direct attack mode and destroyed it with precision, the defence body said, adding: “The test has validated the minimum range successfully”.  

“All the mission objectives were met. The missile has already been successfully flight-tested for the maximum range. The missile is incorporated with state-of-the-art miniaturised infrared imaging seeker along with advanced avionics,” the DRDO said.

The Defence Ministry, in a release, described the missile's successful trial as a major boost for the "Aatmanirbhar Bharat" (self-reliant India) campaign of the government. Defence Minister Rajnath Singh has congratulated DRDO for the successful test, the release said.

In October last year, the DRDO successfully completed the final trial of India's Nag anti-tank missile using a live warhead on a dud tank at Pokhran army ranges in the western state of Rajasthan.

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