DRDO successfully test fires indigenously developed laser-guided ATGMs

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Defence Research and Development Organization(DRDO) and the Indian Army have successfully testfired indigenously developed Laser-Guided Anti-Tank Guided Missiles (ATGM) from Main Battle Tank(MBT) Arjun.

What are Laser-Guided Anti-Tank Guided Missiles(ATGM)?

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How is Laser Guided Anti-Tank Guided Missiles different from prevalent ATGM? 

ATGM: It is a medium or long-range missile whose primary objective is to destroy tanks and other armoured vehicles. ATGMs can be launched from aircraft or land vehicles or infantry. It can also be used against fortified positions or low-speed aircraft. DRDO has already flight-tested ATGM Helina from helicopters successfully.

Laser-Guided ATGM: These are designed to be fired from tanks and it is planned for India’s Main Battle Tank (MBT) Arjun. It employs a HEAT warhead to defeat Explosive Reactive Armour (ERA) protected armoured vehicles in ranges from 1.5 to 5 km. It locks and tracks the targets based on laser designation to precisely strike the target. 

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