India tests laser guided anti-tank missile
The Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) of India has tested a laser-guided anti-tank guided missile (ATGM).
The test was conducted at KK Ranges, Armoured Corps Centre and School (ACC&S) in Ahmednagar where the ATGM was fired from MBT Arjun Tank.
In a statement, the Indian Ministry of Defence said the missile defeated a target located at 3km.
The ATGMs are developed indigenously by the Armament Research & Development Establishment (ARDE) Pune in association with High Energy Materials Research Laboratory (HEMRL) Pune, and Instruments Research & Development Establishment (IRDE) Dehradun.
These missiles use laser designation to lock and track the targets for better accuracy.
Additionally, it uses a tandem HEAT warhead to penetrate through explosive reactive armour (ERA) protected armoured vehicles.
The laser-guided ATGM can be launched from various platforms. Currently, it is undergoing technical evaluation trials with MBT Arjun tanks.
Indian Defence Minister Rajnath Singh congratulated DRDO following the successful testing.
Recently, DRDO conducted a flight test of a locally developed missile target vehicle called Abhyas.
Abhyas is developed by DRDO’s Aeronautical Development Establishment (ADE) and it can be used as a target to assess the effectiveness of various missile systems.
This test was conducted at the Interim Test Range, Balasore, in the state of Odisha.
India has recently increased its focus on the development of defence technologies and procurement of armaments following border tensions with China.
Recently, the Indian Government signed contracts worth Rs25.8bn ($353.63m) to procure Pinaka missiles for the army.