India flight-tests helicopter-launched stand-off anti-tank missile

India flight-tests helicopter-launched stand-off anti-tank missile
The defence ministry said the flight-testing, carried out by the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) and the Indian Air Force, was “successful” in meeting all the mission objectives of the missile.[Screengrab] Twitter/ @DRDO_India

New Delhi: India on Saturday successfully flight-tested indigenously developed helicopter-launched stand-off anti-tank (SANT) missile in Rajasthan’s Pokhran firing ranges.

The defence ministry said the flight-testing, carried out by the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) and the Indian Air Force, was “successful” in meeting all the mission objectives of the missile.

The weapon, developed for the IAF, can neutralise targets in a range up to 10 km.

“The flight-test was successful in meeting all its mission objectives. The release mechanism, advanced guidance and tracking algorithms, all avionics with integrated software, performed satisfactorily and tracking systems monitored all mission events,” it said.

The ministry said the missile is equipped with a state-of-the-art MMW seeker which provides high precision strike capability from a safe distance.

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