Jaipur, July 8: Within a month after conducting a successful first test flight of the indigenously developed Hypersonic Technology Demonstrator Vehicle (HSTDV) from a base off the Odisha coast, India carried out three successful tests of the indigenous Nag anti-tank guided missiles in Pokharan test firing range. Reports state that these missiles were test-fired during both day and night during the trials.
Designed and developed by The Defence Research and Development Organisation, these missiles have the capacity to hit their targets in an all-weather, with a range of 3 to 7 km. Considered as India's third generation "fire-and-forget" anti-tank guided missile, they have been built under the Integrated Guided Missile Development Program and is manufactured by Bharat Dynamics Limited. 'Strum Ataka': India Signs Rs 200 Crore Anti-Tank Missile Deal with Russia
With an impeccable speed of 230 metres per second, this missile is regarded as one of the best anti-tank guided missiles. Solely operated by from the NAMICA ATGM carrier - a tank destroyer based on the BMP-2 platform - the Nag anti-tank guided missile costs about $500,000 USD per unit and has been long delayed.
Initiated by Bharat Ratna APJ Abdul Kalam in 1980s, this DRDO began development of NAG missiles in 1980. Till 2017, the purpose-built NAMICA missile carrier was the only operational launch platform of Nag missiles, but other variants are in various stages of development.