With the armed forces urgently looking to an anti-tank missile to bolster their arsenal, the indigenous Nag is almost ready for induction.
This would further boost Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s ‘Make in India’ in the crucial defence sector.
Though the Nag missile is a delayed one, it is now being said that at least 300 of the land attack version of this missile are going to be inducted into the force soon.
The crucial breakthrough is because of the DRDO missile complex having developed the indigenous seeker for the Nag missile.
This further improved the missile accuracy and it kept hitting targets with precision.
Sources informed that while the proposal now is to acquire 300 Nag missiles and around 25 Nag Missile Carriers (NAMICA), the Army will carry out more trials of the Nag missile as its requirement is of around 3000 such missiles.
The NAMICAs are the launch vehicles of the Nag missiles and can carry six missiles at a time, which can destroy enemy tanks and infantry combat vehicles from a distance of 7 to 8 kilometers.
It was said while the earlier seeker used in the missile could not differentiate between the tank and its surrounding desert sand, the indigenous seeker is able to do so and thus the missile has consistently hit targets during the trials in the last two years.>