DRDO test fired the Laser-Guided Anti-Tank Missile

DRDO has successfully test fired an indigenously developed laser-guided anti-tank guided missile (ATGM) at the firing range in Maharashtra.

Key Facts

  • The weapon has a range of up to 4 km.
  • It was test fired from an MBT Arjun Tank at KK Ranges in Armored Corps Centre and School (ACC&S).
  • It is a laser-guided anti-tank guided missile (ATGM).
  • It will enhance the fire-power capability of the Indian Army along border with Pakistan and China.
  • The ATGM hits the targets with accuracy and precision.
  • The missile have a tandem heat warhead in order to defeat the armored vehicles.
  • The missile is undergoing technical evaluations currently.

About Anti-Tank Missiles (ATMs)

ATMs are the guided missiles designed  to destroy the heavily armored vehicles and tanks. These missiles uses various guiding programmes including the laser-guided missiles, wire-guided missiles, etc. ATMs have various sizes,

  1. Small ATMs – they can be carried by a single person and can be launched from shoulder.
  2. Medium ATMs-  they need a team of soldiers to carry them and launch.
  3. Large ATMs-  these are mounted on Aircraft or Main Battle Tanks. They can be launched from large distances.

DRDO ATM, AMOGHA, JASMINE, Spike ATGMs, NAG are some of the 1st generation Anti- Tank Missiles that has been launched by DRDO.

MBT Arjun Tank

The Arjun is a 3rd generation battle tank that has been developed by India’s Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) for its use in the Indian Army. It has been named after Arjun, the archer prince from the EPIC Mahabharata. It entered into service of Indian Army in 2004.