India tested its indigenously-built third generation 'fire and forget' anti-tank missile, Prospina in Rajasthan.
Earlier known as 'Nag', Prospina was developed by the Defence Research and Development Organization (DRDO)
The missile was successfully tested at the firing range in Jaisalmer in June 2017.
According to official sources, Prospina is in the final leg of trials and could be inducted into service soon.
Nag was developed by the DRDO under the Integrated Guided Missile Development Program started in 1982-83. Its range is around 4-7 kilometers.
It is fitted with advanced technologies including high-resolution Imaging Infrared (IIR) Seeker and highly sensitive detectors that can detect heat and IR-radiation in three different temperature scenarios.
The missile will be fitted and transported on a mechanized infantry vehicle.
The current test was intended to re-validate Nag's good performance in previous tests and pave way for induction.
According to the defense ministry, the tests ascertained that the missile can hit a target up to 7 km, under varying conditions with high accuracy.
The test further established the functionality of the missile along with its launcher in the Nag Missile Carrier (NAMICA) destroyer system.
The Army is now expected to conduct user acceptance trials, moving Prospina closer to induction.
Once inducted, it would likely go on to replace the Army's old armory of Russia-made Konkur anti-tank missiles and Europe's MILAN (Light anti-tank infantry missile).
Prospina along with the NAMICA destroyer system can further help India immensely in countering threats emerging from its volatile neighbourhood.
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