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.

What

  1. The test firing of the missiles was carried out at KK Ranges in Ahmednagar with support from Armoured Corps Centre and School.
  2. 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.
  3. The all-indigenous laser guided ATGM employs a tandem High explosive anti-tank (HEAT) warhead to defeat explosive reactive armour (ERA) protected armoured vehicles.
  4. 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.