Indian DRDO Successfully Tests Stand-off Anti-tank (SANT) Missile
Indian Defence Analysis and Improvement Organisation (DRDO) and Indian Air Pressure (IAF) flight-tested the indigenously designed and developed Helicopter launched Stand-off Anti-tank (SANT) Missile from Pokhran ranges on December 11, 2021. The flight-test was profitable in assembly all its mission targets. The discharge mechanism, superior steering and monitoring algorithms, all avionics with built-in software program, carried out satisfactorily and monitoring techniques monitored all mission occasions. The missile is supplied with a state-of-the-art MMW seeker which supplies excessive precision strike functionality from a protected distance. The weapon can neutralise targets in a spread as much as 10 kms.
SANT is a fourth technology upgraded variant of HELINA missile developed for lengthy distance airborne anti-armour position. In November 2018, DRDO developed SANT was efficiently examined at Pokhran vary. The upgraded model of the missile is supplied with electro-optical thermal imager (EO/IR) and a brand new nose-mounted millimeter wave energetic radar homing (MMW) seeker with an prolonged vary of as much as 15 km to twenty km. On 19 October 2020, SANT was once more take a look at fired by the DRDO at Chandipur take a look at vary. It’s developed for the Indian Air Pressure and Military Aviation Corps with Lock-on after launch and Lock-on earlier than launch capabilities. On 11 December 2021, DRDO and IAF flight-tested SANT from Pokhran ranges.
The SANT missile has been designed and developed by Analysis Centre Imarat (RCI), Hyderabad in coordination with different DRDO labs and participation from industries. That is the third within the sequence of indigenous stand-off weapons to be examined in latest occasions after lengthy vary bomb and sensible anti airfield weapon for strengthening the arsenal of IAF. The indigenous improvement of varied configurations for various purposes with superior applied sciences is a agency march in direction of ‘Aatmanirbharta’ in defence. Raksha Mantri Shri Rajnath Singh has congratulated the staff related to the mission. Secretary Division of Defence R&D and Chairman DRDO Dr G Satheesh Reddy mentioned the profitable flight take a look at of SANT missile would additional bolster the indigenous defence capabilities.
HELINA (Helicopter-launched Nag) is air-launched model of the Nag with prolonged vary. It’s launched from twin-tube stub wing-mounted launchers on board HAL Rudra helicopters and HAL Mild Fight Helicopters (LCH) manufactured by Hindustan Aeronautics Restricted (HAL). It’s structurally completely different from Nag and is guided by an infrared imaging seeker (IIR) working within the lock-on-before-launch mode for goal engagement. The Nag missile (Naga; Cobra) is an Indian third-generation, all-weather, fire-and-forget, lock-on after launch, anti-tank guided missile (ATGM) with an operational vary of 500 m to twenty km. The Nag has 5 variants: a land model, for a mast-mounted system; the helicopter-launched; an air-launched model and and the Nag Missile Provider (NAMICA) “tank buster”.
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