Any Questions? info@beandbyias.com /+91 9958826967, 9958294810, +91 11-41644377

For registration call @ 9958294810 or mail at info@beandbyias.com | LAW OPTIONAL COURSE for CIVIL SERVICES MAINS 2021 with "Indian Polity of G.S. Prelims & Mains" Live classes Starting from 1st December 2020. |

3rd generation Anti Tank Guided Missile (ATGM) NAG

3rd generation Anti Tank Guided Missile (ATGM) NAG

Context:

Final user trial of 3rd generation Anti Tank Guided Missile (ATGM) NAG was carried out successfully from the Pokhran range in Thar desert (Rajasthan).

  • The missile was launched from NAG Missile Carrier NAMICA. The missile hit the target accurately defeating the armor. 

ATGM NAG:

  • It has been developed by DRDO to engage highly fortified enemy tanks in day and night conditions.
  • The missile has “Fire & Forget” “Top Attack” capabilities with passive homing guidance to defeat all MBTs equipped with composite and reactive armor.
  • The NAG missile carrier NAMICA is a BMP II-based system with amphibious capability.

Significance:

  • With this final user trial, Nag will enter the production phase.
  • The missile will be produced by Defence Public Sector Undertaking (PSU) Bharat Dynamics Limited (BDL), whereas Ordnance Factory, Medak, will produce the NAMICA.
  • This means that the Indian Army will no longer have to import this weapon from either Israel or the USA for the range of four kilometers.
  • It was due to the unavailability of a credible anti-tank weapon, that India had to buy around 200 pieces of Spike anti-tank missiles from Israel as emergency purchases after the aggression by the People's Liberation Army (China) in Ladakh.

Integrated Guided Missile Development Program:

  • The program was conceived by Dr. A.P.J. Abdul Kalam.
  • In 1983 the program was approved by the Government and in 2012 it was completed.
  • Objective: To enable India to attain self-sufficiency in the field of missile technology.

Missiles:

  • Following 5 missiles have been developed under this program:
    • Prithvi: Short-range surface to surface ballistic missile.
    • Agni: Ballistic missiles with different ranges
    • Trishul: Short-range low-level surface to air missile.
    • Nag: 3rd generation anti-tank missile.
    • Akash: Medium range surface to air missile.

Source: PIB