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  • 06 August, 2022

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ANTI TANK GUIDED MISSILE (ATGM)

ANTI TANK GUIDED MISSILE (ATGM)

Recently, the Main Battle Tank (MBT) Arjun successfully test-fired locally manufactured Laser-Guided Anti-Tank Guided Missiles (ATGM).

The Defense Research and Development Organization (DRDO) has successfully tested laser-guided anti-tank guided missiles (ATGM) that were built indigenously.

About ATGM

  • The main purpose of ATGMs is to strike and obliterate strongly fortified military vehicles.
  • The missiles may be fired and transported by a single soldier, as opposed to bigger tripod-based weapons that need to be transported and fired by a squad or team, as well as missile systems installed on vehicles and aircraft.
  • These guided missiles use an electro-optical imager (IIR), a laser, or a W-band radar seeker as their primary means of navigation.
  • These are "fire-and-forget" missiles, which allow the operator to retire immediately after firing because no more guidance is needed.

Capabilities:

  • To attack explosive reactive armor (ERA)-protected armored vehicles, the all-indigenous Laser Guided ATGM uses a tandem High Explosive Anti-Tank (HEAT) warhead.
  • The ATGM was created with the flexibility to launch from multiple platforms.

India's current situation is:

Technical evaluation tests using the 120 mm rifled cannon of the MBT Arjun are now being conducted on it.

Through the trial, the ATGM's capacity to engage targets at any range has been demonstrated.

Laser-Guided ATGM:

The all-indigenous Laser Guided ATGM employs a tandem High Explosive Anti-Tank (HEAT) warhead to defeat the Explosive Reactive Armour (ERA) protected armored vehicles.

The ATGM has been developed with multi-platform launch capability and is currently undergoing technical evaluation trials from the 120 mm rifled gun of MBT Arjun.

Other anti-tank missiles:

HELINA

  • It was created and developed for incorporation into the weaponized version of the Advanced Light Helicopter (ALH), and its maximum range is seven kilometers.
  • The missile system can operate in any weather conditions, day or night, and can destroy battle tanks equipped with both conventional and explosive reactive armors.

HELINA (Helicopter-based NAG)

  • It is a third-generation fire and forget class Anti-tank Guided Missile (ATGM) system mounted on the Advanced Light Helicopter (ALH).

MPATGM

  • It stands for Man-Portable Anti-Tank Guided Missile which has a range of 2.5 kilometers, with fire-and-forget and top attack capabilities for infantry use.???????

SANT

  • It is a Smart Stand-off Anti-Tank Missile being developed for launch from the Mi-35 Helicopter for the Air Force’s anti-tank operations.

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Source: PIB


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