The Indian Army has successfully carried out its summer user trials of third Generation Anti-Tank Guided Missile NAG at Pokhran Field Firing Ranges.
The trials of the missiles, developed by the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO), were conducted between July 7 to July 18, 2019.
Defence Minister Rajnath Singh congratulated the user-evaluation teams and the DRDO for the successful completion of the user trials.
The NAG missile has been developed to engage highly fortified enemy tanks in all weather conditions with day and night capabilities and with a minimum range of 500m and maximum range of 4 km. It is a third-generation fire-and-forget-class missile and uses an imaging infrared seeker in lock-on-before-launch mode.
The missile is launched from the NAG missile carrier (NAMICA) which is capable of carrying up to six combat missiles.
The robust imaging algorithm has made the missile hit the target at a distance of 4 km even in severe summer desert conditions which is unique in its class.
As part of the NAG summer user trials, six missions were conducted under extreme temperature conditions of the Pokhran Ranges.
All the missiles have met the mission objectives including minimum range, maximum range, indirect attack as well as top attack modes and achieved a direct hit on the target.
The trials were conducted by the user team from the Indian Army, as per the user-defined trial directive.
The missile system has already cleared the winter user trials in February, 2019. The government has already issued the Acceptance of Necessity for induction of NAG missiles after user trials.
All the ten missiles, which were fired during winter and summer trails, successfully hit the targets.
The completion of the summer user trials will now pave the way for production and induction of the missile system into the Army.