Monday, December 19, 2011

Seeker Successfully Flight-Tested In Nag Misssile


In a major breakthrough in indigenous seeker technology for missiles, an RF (radio frequency) seeker was successfully flight-tested in India's self made anti-tank Nag missile. The test was conducted at the Army ranges in Ahmednagar in Rajasthan on Sunday.

Scientists of the Defence Research and Development Organisation had so far developed Imaging Infra-red (IIR) seeker. This was the first time that a millimetric Wave (mmW) seeker, having all-weather capability, was tried for a 2,000 metre range in a successful mission.

Chief Controller R&D, (Missiles and Strategic Systems), DRDO, Avinash Chander said, “This is a breakthrough for seeker capability in the country." This technology would provide solutions for applications in surface-to-air missiles, air-to-air missiles, anti-tank missiles and air-to-surface missiles. It would also provide the technology base for adopting and modifying missile to dual-mode seeker in the future.

The mmW seeker was designed and developed by scientists at Research Centre Imarat (RCI) which is one of the key laboratories of the DRDO's missile complex.

Very few countries possessed the technology to develop mmW seekers and India is now one of them.

The Nag Missile Project Director S. S. Mishra said that in Sunday's flight, the seeker's capability to track the target in a 'Lock-on-Before-Launch' method, right from the missile's firing and throughout the trajectory was successfully demonstrated. In future, the seeker would be used in a system in 'Lock-on-After-Launch' mode for extension of the missile range.

Mass production of the third generation hit-to-kill Nag missile is expected to commence soon after the final user trials with deliverable version of missile carrier NAMICA are conducted next summer. Further modifications and improvements have been carried out in NAMICA as per the Indian Army's requirements.

The four-km range Nag missile has a top-attack capability to nullify the explosive reactive armour of a modern battle tank.

The Nag Missile is one of five missile systems developed by the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) under the Integrated Guided Missile Development Program (IGMDP). Nag has been developed at a cost of 300 crore.

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