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Nag Missile Successfully Test Fired in Rajasthan

Published on September 11, 2017
Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) has successfully tested Nag Missile.
It is the 3rd generation Anti Tank Guided Missile (ATGM), against two different targets in the ranges of Rajasthan.

About Nag Missile

  • Nag missile successfully hit both the targets at different ranges and conditions with very high accuracy.
  • Nag  is a third generation "fire-and-forget" anti-tank missile developed in India.
  • It is one of five missile systems developed by the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) under the Integrated Guided Missile Development Program
  • This missile is equipped with highly advanced Imaging Infrared Radar (IRR) seeker 
  • It has integrated avionics technology in its arsenal. 
  • Integrated avionics technology is possessed by very few countries.

Important Versions of Nag Missile

NAMICA: This version of the missile is a 'lock-on before launch' system, where the target is identified and designated before the missile is launched. As the targeting system is based on visual identification, the range is limited. 

HELINA: This version will use a 'lock-on after launch' system extending its range to 7 km. In this scenario, the missile is launched in the general direction of the target. As it approaches the target, images of the area ahead are sent back to the operator who will be able to identify enemy tanks.

NAMICA: It  is a tank destroyer built for the army. It is equipped with a thermal imager for target acquisition. NAMICA is a modified BMP-2 IFV produced as "Sarath" in India.

What is integrated avionics technology?

  • Integrated modular avionics (IMA) represent real-time computer network airborne systems. 
  • This network consists of a number of computing modules capable of supporting numerous applications of differing criticality levels.
  • The IMA concept proposes an integrated architecture with application software portable across an assembly of common hardware modules. 
  • An IMA architecture imposes multiple requirements on the underlying operating system

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