Adding more firepower to the defence ecosystem of the country, the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) and Indian Army successfully test-fired indigenously-developed Laser-Guided ‘Anti-Tank Guided Missile’ (ATGM) from Main Battle Tank (MBT) Arjun at KK Ranges with support of Armoured Corps Centre & School (ACC&S) in Ahmednagar.
#DRDOUpdates | Indigenously developed Laser Guided ATGM was successfully tested today from MBT Arjun. Missile hit the bull’s eye with textbook precision. Trial has established the ATGMs capability to engage targets from min to max ranges. @DefenceMinIndia @SpokespersonMoD pic.twitter.com/bwZ25vyfMI
— DRDO (@DRDO_India) June 28, 2022
It is noteworthy that the made-in-India Laser Guided missile hit the bull’s eye with textbook precision. The trial has established the ATGMs capability to engage targets from minimum to maximum ranges. Further, telemetry systems also recorded the satisfactory flight performance of the missile.
Appreciating the efforts of DRDO and Indian Army for the successful trial of the Laser Guided ATGM, Defence Minister Rajnath Singh said the development of this system is an important step towards realising Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s vision of ‘Aatmanirbhar Bharat’.
DRDO Chairman Dr G Satheesh Reddy also congratulated the teams involved in design, development and trial of the system. Successful development of laser guided ATGM will enhance the fire power of the MBT Arjun, he stated.
Indigenously-developed Laser-Guided Anti-Tank Guided Missile (ATGM) consists of a tandem High Explosive Anti-Tank (HEAT) warhead to defeat Explosive Reactive Armour (ERA) protected armoured vehicles.
Notably, the laser-guided missile has been designed & developed with multi-platform launch capability and is presently undergoing technical evaluation trials from the 120 mm rifled gun of MBT Arjun.
With the successful trial, the ATGM’s capability to engage targets from minimum to maximum range has been established. Previously engaging the targets at lower ranges was the major challenge due to the dimensional constraints of the Arjun tank, which has been successfully accomplished with the trail.
MBT Arjun: A state-of-the-art tank
Main Battle Tank (MBT) Arjun is a multi-laboratory programme of DRDO with Combat Vehicles Research and Development Establishment (CVRDE) as the lead Laboratory. MBT Arjun is a state-of-the-art tank with superior fire power, high mobility, and excellent protection. Twelve Mk 1 prototypes of MBT Arjun have been manufactured and its performance tests have provided satisfactory results.
Some of the breakthroughs achieved by CVRDE during the development of MBT Arjun are in Engine, Transmission, Hydropneumatic Suspension, Hull and Turret, and Gun Control System.
It is important to note that, the superior armour defeating capability of the indigenously developed Fin Stabilized Armour Piercing Discarding Sabot (FSAPDS) ammunition and 120 mm calibre rifled gun give the battle tank an edge over contemporary world tanks.
Further, the rifled 120 mm Arjun gun together with the newly developed super velocity ammunition, can eliminate any contemporary armour used in tanks.