India successfully test-fires SANT missile

The Defence Research and Development Organisation is developing the missile for the Indian Air Force and it will have both Lock-on After Launch and Lock-on Before Launch capabilities.

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The air-to-surface missile developed by DRDO for the Indian Air Force was test-fired the Stand-off Anti-tank (SANT) missile off the coast of Odisha from a roof-top launcher at the Integrated Test Range (ITR) against a static target. The Defence Research and Development Organisation is developing the missile for the Indian Air Force and it will have both Lock-on After Launch and Lock-on Before Launch capabilities and met all mission parameters as the missile hit the target with high accuracy..


An upgraded version of anti-tank missile - Helicopter Launched Nag (HeliNa), the SANT missile has both lock-on before launch and lock-on after launch capability. Equipped with an advanced nose-mounted seeker the missile can destroy targets 15 km to 20 km away.


While the earlier version of the missile has a strike range of about 8 km, the upgraded variant with infrared imaging seeker can cover at least double the distance. The trials of the fourth generation 'fire and forget' missile are being conducted after the weapon system underwent a couple of tests in desert conditions in Pokhran firing range.


The missile will be inducted after a series of tests from the actual launch platform on-board light combat helicopters and advanced light helicopters. "The nose mounted advanced seeker helps the missile evade enemy attack as it can be fired from a safe distance. Unlike other missiles in its class, it can neutralise targets at a long range. SANT missile is one of the best airborne anti-armour guided missiles in the world," the official added.