DRDO test fires indigenously developed Laser Guided ATGM 

New Delhi (NVI): In another successful test of indigenously developed defence systems, the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) today test-fired Laser Guided Anti Tank Guided Missile (ATGM), defeating a target located at a longer range.

The test was conducted from MBT Arjun at KK ranges (ACC&S) Ahmednagar in continuation of successful trial done on September 22, the Ministry of Defence said in a release.

The ATGM employs a tandem HEAT warhead to defeat Explosive Reactive Armour (ERA) protected armoured vehicles in ranges from 1.5 to 5 km. It has been developed with multiple-platform launch capability and is currently undergoing technical evaluation trials from 120 mm rifled gun of MBT Arjun, MoD said.

This Laser Guided Missile has been developed by Armament R&D Establishment (ARDE), Pune in association with High Energy Materials Research Laboratory (HEMRL), Pune and Instruments Research & Development Establishment (IRDE), Dehradun.

Defence Minister Rajnath Singh congratulated DRDO for the successful testing.

Secretary DD R&D and Chairman DRDO also congratulated DRDO personnel for the achievement which paves the way towards Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s pledge for Atmanirbhar Bharat, said the official release.

-ARK