A developmental trial of helicopter launched Nag (HeliNa), DRDO’s
anti-tank guided missile (ATGM) was conducted from a defence base off
the Odisha coast on Tuesday.
Defence sources said the short range
weapon was test-fired by the missile handling unit of Hindustan
Aeronautics Limited (HAL) from the launching complex-II of the
Integrated Test Range (ITR) at Chandipur-on-sea at about 10.05 am.
was third trial of an upgraded and air version of surface-to-surface
missile Nag. Earlier two trials of this third generation ‘fire and
forget’ missile was conducted from the Pokhran firing range and claimed
as successful. It is one of the five missile systems developed by DRDO
under the Integrated Guided Missile Development Programme (IGMDP).
trial was conducted for a strike range of four km. Data collected
during the test are being analysed. One more trial of the missile is
scheduled to be conducted on Wednesday,” informed an official.
July 8, seeker evaluation trials for anti-tank missile were carried out
in hot desert conditions in Rajasthan. The trials were against both
moving and static targets for different ranges of 2.8 km and 3.2 km to
evaluate the performance of an improved version of Imaging Infrared
While Nag missile has a maximum range of 4 km, the
seeker proved to be accurate only up to 2.5 km in extremely hot
conditions in the trials conducted last year. However, the HeliNa has an
extended strike range of about eight km. Sources said the problem with
the Nag was its range.
The missile can strike its targets up to 4
km but in extreme heat conditions, the missile cannot reach the targets
beyond three km. The user of the missile Indian Army also has raised
its reservations against its weight. The weapon weighs around 40 kgs
thus making the reloading difficult.
Following demands from the
Army, DRDO has assured them to reduce the weight of the missile in its
latest versions - Mark-II Nag and also to equip it with a seeker with
high resolution which can distinguish the target from the other ground
objects at a distance of up to four km.