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DRDO successfully tests armour-piercing Nag missiles at Pokhran range

The Defence Acquisition Council in 2018 had approved the procurement of DRDO-designed-and-developed NAG Missile System (NAMIS) at a cost of Rs 524 crore.

DRDO successfully tests armour-piercing Nag missiles at Pokhran range
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New Delhi: Moving closer toward the induction of the Nag anti-tank guided missiles into the Army, Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) on Sunday carried out three successful test firings of the missiles in the Pokhran firing ranges.

"The missiles were test-fired during both day and night on Sunday during the trials. All three tests were successful," DRDO officials said.

Government sources said the missile is in the final stages of being inducted into the Army which will use it by mounting them on modified armoured vehicles.

The Defence Acquisition Council in 2018 had approved the procurement of DRDO-designed-and-developed NAG Missile System (NAMIS) at a cost of Rs 524 crore.

The system includes a third-generation Anti-Tank Guided Missile, the NAG, along with the Missile Carrier Vehicle (NAMICA). The NAG missile is a third-generation anti-tank guided missile, which has top attack capabilities that can effectively engage and destroy all known enemy tanks during both day and night operations.

The successful induction of NAG missile into the Army is expected to give a quantum boost to the Army's capability against enemy armour.

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 Agni, Prithvi and Akash, and all three have been successfully developed and inducted into the armed forces.

The Trishul project was shut down after being developed as a technology demonstrator.