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CCS Clears USD 250 Million Konkur Missiles for Army
The Cabinet Committee on Security (CCS) today cleared a USD 250 million crore proposal for procuring 10,000 anti-tank guided missiles for the Army from Russia. The CCS cleared the proposal to acquire Russian-origin 10,000 Konkurs-M anti-tank guided missiles for the Mechanised Infantry and Infantry battalions of the Army, sources said here. The Konkurs-M is part of the weapon systems being procured by the force to augment the anti-tank arsenal in the Army, they said. The CCS had last week cleared the purchase of 25,000 Invar missiles for the T-90 tank fleet under an Rs 2,000 crore proposal.
US Denies Javelin Missile Technology to India
The India-US deal to procure javelin missile for the Indian Army is delayed due to reluctance by the Americans to offer the critical technology of the missile to India and the unwillingness to take part in field trials. India is planning to acquire these third-generation anti-tank guided missiles for modernising its more than 350 Infantry units and provide them the capability to destroy enemy armoured regiments. The US is not agreeing to provide critical technologies of the missile demanded by India and has also shown reluctance to make available the missiles for being evaluated by Indian experts in the field trials, Army officials said here. Till the time these issues are sorted out, it would be difficult for the Indian side to proceed further on the deal, they said.
Nag Fails in User Trials
DRDO's long-delayed Nag anti-tank missile project has suffered yet another setback as its user trials held recently in the Mahajan firing range failed. In the trials held in Rajasthan in presence of senior Lt Gen-rank officers from the Army and top DRDO officials, the modified carrier of the missile called NAMICA also under-performed, sources said. In the trials held at the Mahajan firing range, four Nag missiles were fired of which only one could hit the target whereas the remaining failed to do so due to glitches in the equipment on-board the weapon, they said. Army officials present at the test-firings were not happy with the performance of the missile and have asked the Defence research agency to come better prepared for the trials to be held in the future, they said. The missile has been under development as part of the Integrated Guided Missile Development Program (IGMDP) initiated in early 1980s.
DRDO’s Nag ATGM Disappoints Army, Fails To Meet Mission Objectives During Trials
The state-run DRDO as well as the Indian Army have received a major setback as the user trials of the third-generation Nag anti-tank guided missile (ATGM) failed to achieve the desired results. DRDO officials have admitted that the Nag anti-tank missile with its carrier NAMICA have given an underwhelming performance in the Mahajan Firing Range in Rajasthan yesterday. The user trials were witnessed by senior Army officers who have asked DRDO to be better prepared for the next trial. During the trials, four Nag missiles were fired of which only one could hit the target. The remaining failed to deliver accurate results since the equipment on-board the weapon failed to function properly.
Army to Carry Out Nag, NAMICA Trials
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.
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