Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) successfully carried out three test firings of Nag anti-tank guided missiles in the Pokhran firing ranges in Rajasthan. The missiles were test-fired during both day and night during the trials and all three were successful. With this, Nag anti-tank guided missile moves closer towards final induction into Indian Army,
The missile is now in the final stages of being inducted into Indian Army which will use it by mounting them on the modified armoured vehicles. Defence Acquisition Council (DAC) in 2018 had approved procurement of DRDO's designed and developed NAG Missile System (NAMIS) at cost of Rs 524 crore.
- It is third generation ATMG. It is one of five missile systems indigenously developed by DRDO under integrated guided missile development programme (IGMDP). The other four missiles are Agni, Akash, Prithvi and Trishul.
- It works on “fire and forget” principle. It has operational range of 7-10km (when air-launched) and 500m to 4km (land version). It also possesses advanced passive homing guidance system.
- It is equipped with advanced Imaging Infrared Radar (IRR) seeker along with integrated avionics. This technology is being possessed by very few countries.
- It has been designed mainly to destroy modern main battle tanks and other heavily armoured targets during day and night. It can also be launched from land and air-based platforms.
- The land-based version of missile is at present available for integration on the Nag missile carrier (NAMICA).
- Its successful induction into Indian Army is expected to give quantum boost to Army's capability against enemy armour.