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- The Anti-Tank Guided Missile Nag was successfully flight tested in the desert ranges of Rajasthan.
About Nag missile:
- The Nag missile is indigenously developed under the Indian Ministry of Defence's integrated guided missile development programme (IGMDP), which also involved the development of four other missiles that are Agni, Akash, Trishul and Prithvi.
- Bharat Dynamics (BDL) produced imaging infrared seekers for the weapon.
- The first test of Nag was conducted in November 1990.
- User trials of the Nag anti-tank missile against static and moving targets were conducted in 2007 and 2008 respectively, while the development tests were concluded in August 2008.
- The Nag anti-armour guided weapon's airframe is built with lightweight and high-strength composite materials. The missile features top-attack capability and has high immunity to countermeasures.
- The missile is equipped with four foldable wings and has a length of 1.85m, diameter of 0.20m, wing span of 0.4m and weight of 43kg.
- A real-time image processor with fast and efficient algorithms is installed next to the guidance section to provide automatic target detection and tracking capabilities. The digital autopilot offers guidance, stability and control for the missile during the flight.
- Nag is also outfitted with an electric actuation system for flight control.
- A passive imaging infrared (IIR) homing seeker guides the missile to the target after its launch in all lighting conditions. The missile can be optionally offered with a millimetre wave active radar seeker.