Fresh Nag ATGM tri­als suc­cess­ful

SP's MAI - - SP’S EXCLUSIVES - By SP’s Spe­cial Cor­re­spon­dent

Af­ter ma­jor set­backs a year ago, the Nag anti-tank guided mis­sile (ATGM) pro­ject has bounced back, with a se­ries of suc­cesses at the Mahajan Field Fir­ing Range in Ra­jasthan in re­cent tri­als, where the mis­sile was tested with a new imag­ing in­frared (IIR) seeker of much higher res­o­lu­tion than the ear­lier one. Sources con­firm that the tri­als were more suc­cess­ful than the ear­lier one.

The NAMICA Mk.1 (seven have been or­dered), tested by the Army be­tween 2007 and 2010, had cer­tain de­fi­cien­cies while op­er­at­ing in high am­bi­ent tem­per­a­tures. The De­fence Re­search and De­vel­op­ment Or­gan­i­sa­tion (DRDO) is also work­ing on im­prove­ment de­manded by the Army on the im­proved NAMICA Mk.2 plat­form, 200 of which may be pur­chased if all pa­ram­e­ters are met. Th­ese im­prove­ments in­clude re­duc­tion of all-up weight to 15 tonnes, im­proved re­li­a­bil­ity of mis­sile launcher plat­form drive mech­a­nisms, high­er­res­o­lu­tion tar­get ac­qui­si­tion sight for the gun­ner, en­hanced user-friendly process 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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