ATGM test fired successfully
An indigenously developed laser-guided anti-tank guided missile (ATGM) was successfully test fired on 1 October 2020 in Maharashtra's Ahmednagar, defeating a target located at longer range. It was the second such successful test firing of the missile, having a range of up to 5 km, in the last 10 days. The weapon was test fired from an MBT Arjun Tank at KK Ranges in Armoured Corps Centre and School (ACC&S) in Ahmednagar, in continuation of a successful trial done on September 22.
- The ATGM employs a tandem heat warhead to defeat Explosive Reactive Armour (ERA) protected armoured vehicles in ranges from 1.5 to 5 km, the Defence Ministry said.
- The ATGM has been developed with a capability to launch from multiple platforms and is currently undergoing technical evaluation trials from 120 mm rifled gun of MBT Arjun.
- The Arjun is a third generation main battle tank developed by the DRDO.
- Pune-based Armament Research and Development Establishment (ARDE) developed the ATGM in association with High Energy Materials Research Laboratory (HEMRL), Pune and Instruments Research and Development Establishment (IRDE), Dehradun.
- India on September 30, successfully test-fired a new version of the surface-to-surface supersonic cruise missile BrahMos having a range of around 400 km from an integrated test range at Balasore in Odisha.
- The missile, featuring a number of indigenously developed sub-systems, was flight tested from a land-based mobile launcher for a designated range from the integrated test range in Balasore.