India: An indigenously developed laser-guided anti-tank guided missile (ATGM) was successfully test fired on Thursday 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, officials said.
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 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 in a statement. It 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 test-firing of the missile comes at a time India and China are locked in a bitter border standoff in eastern Ladakh. “BrahMos surface-to-surface supersonic cruise missile featuring indigenous booster and airframe section along with many other ‘Made in India’ sub-systems was successfully flight tested for designated range at 1030 hours today,” the defence ministry had said.
In a statement, it had also said the successful launch has paved the way for the serial production of the indigenous booster and other indigenous components of the powerful BrahMos weapons system.