|The Nag anti-tank missile, test-fired with a live warhead, destroys an old tank at Pokhran army range on Thursday morning(DRDO)|
The Nag anti-tank missile is ready for deployment by the military, ending the need for India to import this weapon from either Israel or the US for the range of four kilometres.
The Defence Research and Development Organization (DRDO) successfully completed the final trial of Nag anti-tank missile using a live warhead on a dud tank at Pokhran army ranges at 6.45 am on Wednesday.
The shoulder launched four-kilometre range missile with imaging infrared seeker will now be inducted in Indian Army.
The Nag trial comes after the DRDO tested the helicopter launched Stand-off Anti-Tank Missile (SANT) with beyond 10 km range from Balasore testing range in Odisha on October 19.
Although the missile will ultimately integrated with attack helicopters in future, the test was conducted from ground and was successful.
According to senior government officials, the Nag anti-tank missile is now ready for induction at locations such as the East Ladakh sector as it has completed 10 successful user trial with the weapon finding and then hitting the target.
The DRDO has been on a missile testing spree for a little over a month with only the 1,000 km range sub-sonic cruise missile Nirbhay, developing a snag during a test earlier this month.
The missile is now expected to test fired in the coming months as the technical snag in the booster has been identified and rectified by the missile team.