New Delhi: Plans are afoot to make the indigenously developed laser-equipped anti-tank guided missile (ATGM), successfully fired twice from the Main Battle Tank (MBT) Arjun over the last fortnight, capable of being used on the Russian-origin T-90 tanks that have different guns, ThePrint has learnt.
With two successful tests, the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) is aiming for user trials of the ATGM by February next year.
Sources in the defence and security establishment said the trials so far have been carried out on the Arjun tanks, with a range of 3-4 km. The DRDO wants to test the ATGM at a 5km range to evaluate its efficacy.
“In the next stage, we will also be test-firing the missile with a warhead before the user trials, which should take place by February,” a source in the know said.
While the first two tests — on 22 September and 1 October — took place at the K.K. Ranges in the Armoured Corps Centre and School (ACC&S), Ahmednagar — the next would be at a bigger range, sources added.
The ATGM employs a tandem heat warhead to defeat explosive-reactive-armour (ERA)-protected armoured vehicles in ranges between 1.5 and 5 km.
It has been developed with a capability to launch from multiple platforms. The ATGM is currently undergoing technical evaluation trials through the 120mm rifled gun of MBT Arjun, and the DRDO also seeks to make it compatible with the 125mm smoothbore gun of the T-90s.