In a significant development in India’s defence sector, Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) has successfully test-fired an indigenously developed laser-guided anti-tank missile at a firing range in Maharashtra’s Ahmednagar, officials said on Wednesday.
The weapon, has a range of up to 4 km, was test-fired from an MBT Arjun Tank at KK Ranges in Armoured Corps Centre and School (ACC&S) in Ahmednagar on Tuesday, they said.
The laser-guided anti-tank guided missile (ATGM) will significantly enhance the fire-power capability of the Indian Army particularly along the frontiers with Pakistan and China, the officials said.
Defence Minister Rajnath Singh congratulated the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) on successful test firing of the ATGM.
Congratulations to @DRDO_India for successfully conducting test firing of Laser Guided Anti Tank Guided Missile from MBT Arjun at KK Ranges (ACC&S) in Ahmednagar.
India is proud of Team DRDO which is assiduously working towards reducing import dependency in the near future. pic.twitter.com/WuBivV7VYU
— Rajnath Singh (@rajnathsingh) September 23, 2020
In other developments, DRDO has also successfully conducted the flight test of ABHYAS- High-speed Expendable Aerial Target (HEAT) from ITR Balasore in Odisha on Tuesday.
Two demonstrator vehicles were successfully test flown. The vehicle can be used as a target for evaluation of various missile systems.
ABHYAS is designed and developed by Aeronautical Development Establishment (ADE), DRDO. The air vehicle was launched using twin underslung booster and is powered by a small gas turbine engine and has MEMS-based Inertial Navigation System (INS) for navigation along with the Flight Control Computer (FCC) for guidance and control. The vehicle is programmed for fully autonomous flight. The check out of air vehicle is done using laptop-based Ground Control Station (GCS).
The DRDO achieved a milestone today with the successful flight test of ABHYAS – High Speed Expandable Aerial Target from ITR Balasore. This can be used as a target for evaluation of various Missile systems. Congratulations to @DRDO_India & other stakeholders for this achievement.
— Rajnath Singh (@rajnathsingh) September 22, 2020
During the test campaign, the user requirement of 5 km flying altitude, vehicle speed of 0.5 Mach, an endurance of 30 minutes and 2g turn capability of the test vehicle were successfully achieved.