IMPROVED NAG CARRIERS TO FACE OFF FOR ARMY ORDER
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.