India successfully test fires NAG antitank missiles

The missile is in the final stages of being inducted into the army. This new weaponry will be mounted on armored vehicles. The Army and DRDO are supposed to carry out more tests of the missiles on Monday, July 8, also to further validate the missile's capabilities.

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Firing of a NAG antitank missile (Picture source: DRDO)

Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) on Sunday, July 7, carried out three successful test firings of the missiles in the Pokhran firing ranges, NDTV and The Economic Times report. "The missiles were test-fired during both day and night on Sunday during the trials. All three tests were successful," DRDO officials said.

The Defence Acquisition Council has last year approved the procurement of DRDO's designed and developed NAG Missile System (NAMIS). The system includes a third-generation Anti-Tank Guided Missile (ATGM), the NAG, along with the Missile Carrier Vehicle (NAMICA). The NAG missile is a third generation anti-tank guided missile, which can effectively engage and destroy enemy tanks during day and night.

The NAG was one of the first five strategic missiles planned to be developed under the Integrated Missile Development Programme initiated in the 1980s. The other missiles developed under the project include the Agni, Prithvi and Akash and all three of them have been successfully developed and inducted into the armed forces.