Thursday, July 8, 2010
India developing ATGM, shoulder launched version
DRDO is now developing number of advanced variants of the Nag missile, the diffrent versions are Helina, land based, Air-launched and Man portable
Helina : (HELIcopter launched NAg)with a range of 7-8 km, launched from twin-tube stub wing-mounted launchers on board the armed HAL Dhruv and HAL Light Combat Helicopter which are produced by state-owned Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd (HAL). It will be structurally different from the Nag. The Helina is expected to be tested by the end of 2010.
land version : will also have its range extended by development of a mast-mounted missile launcher that will be hydraulically raised out to a height of five metres to enable the Nag missile to acquire its targets out to a distance of 7-8 km.
Air-launched : 10 km-range variant launched from tactical interdiction aircraft like the upgraded Jaguar IS. It will use a nose-mounted millimetric-wave active radar seeker.
Man portable : DRDL will also start working on the,`Man Portable' version that is the shoulder launched version of Nag and it will be tested very soon. It would weigh less than 14 kg.