The Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) on Tuesday successfully test fired the anti-tank missile “Nag” in a desert in Rajasthan’s western sector, PTI reported. Speaking to PTI, defence sources said, “The missile successfully destroyed the target in today’s mission”. According to reports, the Nag missile is a third generation “fire and forget” anti-tank missile. It has reportedly also been equipped with highly advanced Imaging Infrared Radar (IRR) seeker and has integrated avionics technology in its arsenal.
This integrated avionics technology, according to the report is possessed by very few countries. The report also stated that the tests that were done in the presence of several scientists from the DRDO, Defence Lab, Jodhpur, and other senior officials from the armed forces among other significant people, had concluded on Tuesday. Meanwhile, G Satheesh Reddy, scientific advisor to the Defence Minister (Arun Jaitley) and DG (missiles and strategic systems), who was also present on the occasion to witness the launch told PTI that the successful test of the missile had strengthened the defence capabilities of the country. The Chairman of DRDO, Dr S Christopher also congratulated the team that was a part of the mission.
Earlier this month, the indigenous nuclear capable Prithvi-II had been successfully testing fired from a range in Odisha. The test launch of the surface-to-surface missile, with a strike range of 350km, was carried out from a mobile launcher from launch complex-3 of the Integrated Test Range (ITR) at Chandipur near Balasore in Odisha. Last month, the Minister of State for Defence, Dr Subhash Bhamre had told Indian Express, “India is capable enough to even counter dual attacks if any…We have an excellent missile technology and our borders are secure, even in the case of dual attacks on Indian land.”