IM­PROVED NAG CAR­RI­ERS TO FACE OFF FOR ARMY OR­DER

SP's LandForces - - SHOW REPORT / INTERVIEW -

In July, two new ver­sions of the Nag mis­sile car­rier (NAMICA) will be up for user tri­als in the Thar Desert. The NAMICA, which was tested by the Army be­tween 2007 and 2010, was found to have cer­tain de­fi­cien­cies dur­ing op­er­a­tions in high am­bi­ent tem­per­a­tures, fol­low­ing which the Army de­manded a list of im­prove­ments.

Two com­pa­nies—Bharat Elec­tron­ics Ltd (BEL) and L&T—have both worked on im­proved NAMICA ve­hi­cles, and both will be put through com­par­a­tive and then user tri­als. The Army, which has al­ready or­dered seven of the orig­i­nal NAMICA, is look­ing to or­der at least 200 of the im­proved ver­sions. The NAMICA car­ries the Nag’s lockon be­fore launch ver­sion. The changes that have been brought into ef­fect on the tracked car­rier ve­hi­cle in­clud­ing re­duc­tion of all-up weight to 15 tonnes, im­proved re­li­a­bil­ity of mis­sile launcher plat­form drive mech­a­nisms, pro­vi­sion of higher-res­o­lu­tion tar­get ac­qui­si­tion sight for the gun­ner, en­hanced user-friend­li­ness in ac­qui­si­tion of tar­get through re­duced off­set be­tween sight and mis­sile seeker-ac­quired tar­get scene im­age, im­proved am­phibi­ous per­for­mance, and pro­vi­sion of a tar­get sur­veil­lance and ac­qui­si­tion sight for the crew com­man­der.

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