India successfully test fired SANT Missile.

India successfully test fired the Stand-Off Anti-Tank Missile named as SANT on October 19, 2020. It will be inducted in the Indian Air Force. The missile has been developed by the Defence Research and Development Organization (DRDO). The missile was test fired from the Chandipur test range. The SANT missile has the capability of lock-on before launch and lock-on after launch.

SANT Missile

The missile is a variant of Nag missile and an upgraded version of the HELINA. HELINA is yet another variant of the NAG missile. The missile was first test fired in November 2018 from Pokhran. This upgraded version comprise of a nose-mounted active radar homing seeker that has an extended range of 15 to 20 km.

Other missiles

India in the recent months have conducted many test fires including- RUDRAM anti-radiation missile, New version of shaurya missile, LASER guided anti-tank missile, Brahmos missile with an indigenous booster, Prithvi II missile, RUSTOM II, TORPEDO SMART, ABHYAS, Hypersonic Technology Demonstrator Vehicle, Naval Version of BRAHMOS etc.

Significance of the frequent test-fires

India has been frequently test firing the missiles in the Indian Ocean Region. India is doing so to counter Chinese plan of influencing and acquiring the Indian Ocean Region and Chinese String of pearl’s theory. By this, India is trying to send signals to China that it is fully prepared and capable of securing its maritime and land boundaries. In that line, India is also getting the international support for “free and open Indo-Pacific”.  India has been joined by USA, Australia, Japan, France, Vietnam and Germany to secure the region.