On June 28, 2022, the Indian Army and the Defence Research and Development Organization (DRDO) successfully tested a locally developed Laser-Guided Anti-Tank Guided Missile (ATGM) from the Main Battle Tank (MBT) Arjun at the KK Ranges with assistance from the Armoured Corps Centre & School (ACC&S) Ahmednagar. The ATGM performed well in the test, hitting the target with pinpoint accuracy and dispatching it with ease at close ranges. Telemetry systems captured the missile’s successful flight performance.
The explosive reactive armour (ERA)-protected armoured vehicles are defeated by the tandem High Explosive Anti-Tank (HEAT) warhead used by the all-indigenous ATGM. The ATGM, which was designed to launch from many platforms, is now undergoing technical evaluation tests from the 120 mm rifled gun of the MBT Arjun.
Due to the dimensions limitations of tank-launched ATGMs, engaging targets at closer ranges is a difficult task, but the ATGM for MBT Arjun has done it successfully. The trial confirmed the ATGM’s capacity to engage targets from close to far distances. The trials have in the past proven effective for the greatest range.
Kshatriya Mantri Towards addition to congratulating the DRDO and Indian Army on the successful Laser Guided ATGM experiment, Shri Rajnath Singh stated that the creation of this technology is a crucial step in achieving Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi’s goal of “Aatmanirbhar Bharat.”
Dr. G Satheesh Reddy, Secretary of Defence R&D and Chairman of DRDO, expressed his gratitude to the groups responsible for the system’s design, development, and testing. He said that the MBT Arjun’s firepower would increase with the successful development of laser-guided ATGM.