Nag clears final user trial

The final user trial of the long-delayed indigenous anti-tank guided missile ‘Nag’, which has a strike range of 4 km, was successfully conducted at Pokhran on Thursday morning.

The third generation ATGM, with ‘fire and forget’ capabilities, can now be produced by defence PSU Bharat Dynamics before its eventual induction into the Army, a DRDO scientist said.

The Nag, which was fired with a live warhead from an infantry combat vehicle based missile carrier called ‘Namica’ during the test, can engage highly-fortified enemy tanks in day and night conditions. “The missile also has ‘top attack’ capabilities with passive homing guidance to defeat all main-battle tanks equipped with composite and reactive armour,” he added.

With it taking over 20 years for Nag to be finally ready, the Army is currently equipped with second generation Milan-2T (2 km range) and Konkurs (4 km) ATGMs, produced by BDL under licence from French and Russian companies.

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