Hyderabad: The Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO), on 22 September, successfully tested the laser-guided anti-tank guided missile (ATGM) from MBT Arjun at KK Ranges, Armoured Corps Centre and School (ACC&S), in Ahmednagar.

Defence minister Rajnath Singh congratulated DRDO on the successful test of the missile and tweeted, “Congratulations to @DRDO_India for successfully conducting test firing of Laser Guided Anti Tank Guided Missile from MBT Arjun at KK Ranges (ACC&S) in Ahmednagar. India is proud of Team DRDO which is assiduously working towards reducing import dependency in the near future (sic).”

The ATGM successfully defeated a target located at three km.

Laser-guided ATGMs lock and track the targets with the help of laser designation to ensure precision hit accuracy. The missile employs a tandem HEAT warhead to defeat explosive reactive armour protected armoured vehicles. It has been developed with multiple-platform launch capability and is currently undergoing technical evaluation trials from gun of MBT Arjun.

The missile was developed by the Armament Research and Development Establishment, Pune, in association with High Energy Materials Research Laboratory, Pune, and Instruments Research and Development Establishment, Dehradun.

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