July 09, 2012 defencenow.com
The Army will carry out the last round of trials of the anti-tank Nag missile and specially designed carrier NAMICA on July 2 in the Mahajn desert firing range in Rajasthan.
The induction of the land-based 'top attack and fire and forget' Nag missiles was supposed to have been done in 2011 but it was delayed with the Army seeking modifications in NAMICA.
Each NAMICA can carry 12 missiles, eight of them in ready-to-fire mode.
"We are going to try the NAMICA and Nag for apparently for the last time before their induction into operational service," army sources said to defencenow.com.
The partially amphibious NAMICA had been totally modified and two separate systems produced by Larsen and Toubro and Bharat Electronics Limited would be tested in the trials.
Nag missile, which has a range of four km, would be tested for its full range, two km and a minimum of 500 metres. This time DRDO scientists would demonstrate the lock-on-before launch capability of the missile for a four-km range with an upgraded imaging infrared seeker.
In lock-on-before-launch mode, the missile keeps acquiring the image of the target every 30 milliseconds right from the launch till the impact on target.
The missile would be fired to destroy both moving and stationary targets during the trials.