India successfully test fires ATGMs
GS Paper - 3 (Defence Technology)
India on 4 August 2022 successfully test-fired indigenously developed laser-guided anti-tank guided missiles (ATGMs) at a military installation in Maharashtra's Ahmednagar. The defence ministry said the missiles destroyed the targets with precision at two different ranges.
- The test firing of the missiles was carried out at KK Ranges in Ahmednagar with support from Armoured Corps Centre and School.
- The missiles hit with precision and successfully destroyed the targets at two different ranges. Telemetry systems have recorded the satisfactory flight performance of the missiles.
- The all-indigenous laser guided ATGM employs a tandem High explosive anti-tank (HEAT) warhead to defeat explosive reactive armour (ERA) protected armoured vehicles.
- The ATGM has been developed with multi-platform launch capability and is currently undergoing technical evaluation trials from the 120 mm rifled gun of MBT Arjun.