Indian Air Force Chopper Test Fires Deadly Anti-Tank Missile

The Stand-off Anti-tank missile can hit targets at a distance of up to 10 kms.

New Delhi:

India successfully flight-tested the Helicopter launched Stand-off Anti-tank (SANT) Missile from the Pokhran range today, the Press Information Bureau said in a release.

The missile has been designed and developed by the Research Centre Imarat (RCI), along with the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO). It is equipped with a MMW seeker which provides high precision strike capability from a safe distance. The SANT missile can hit targets at a distance of up to 10 kms.

The objectives of the Pokhran test included release mechanism, advanced guidance and tracking algorithms.

“The flight-test was successful in all its mission objectives. All avionics with integrated software, performed satisfactorily and tracking systems monitored all mission events,” the PIB said in its statement.

This is the third in the series of indigenous stand-off weapons to be tested in recent times after long range bomb and smart anti-airfield weapon for strengthening the arsenal of Indian Air Force.

DRDO Chairman G Satheesh Reddy said the successful flight test of SANT missile would further bolster the indigenous defence capabilities.

The flight-testing of the SANT missile came four days after the DRDO test-fired a vertical-launched short-range surface-to-air missile at an integrated test range off the coast of Odisha on Tuesday by the DRDO.

The missile will be deployed on board various frontline ships of the Indian Navy.

Earlier on Saturday, India also successfully tested the Pinaka (Pinaka-ER) Multi Barrel Rocket Launcher System at the Pokhran Range.

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