India on Tuesday successfully tested a laser guided anti-tank guided missile (ATGM) fired from MBT Arjun Tank at KK Ranges, Armoured Corps Centre and School (ACC&S) Ahmednagar. The ATGM successfully defeated a target located at 3 km. Laser guided ATGMs lock and track the targets with the help of laser designation to ensure precision hit accuracy.
The missile employs a tandem HEAT warhead to defeat Explosive Reactive Armour (ERA) protected armoured vehicles. It has been developed with multiple-platform launch capability and is currently undergoing technical evaluation trials from gun of MBT Arjun.
Armament Research & Development Establishment (ARDE) Pune in association with High Energy Materials Research Laboratory (HEMRL) Pune, and Instruments Research & Development Establishment (IRDE) Dehradun have developed the missile.
Defence minister Rajnath Singh congratulated DRDO for the successful test firing of the Laser Guided Anti Tank Guided Missile from MBT Arjun at KK Ranges.
Secretary DDR&D and chairman DRDO congratulated DRDO personnel and industry on the successful test firing.
This comes a day after DRDO successful tested a hypersonic technology demonstrator vehicle using the indigenously developed scramjet propulsion.
Today’s development is yet another feat for indigenous defence production, a day after the DRDO achieved a milestone on Tuesday with the successful flight test of Abhyas - High Speed Expendable Aerial Target from ITR Balasore.