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Nag anti-tank missile tested from helicopter platform

Indigenously developed Nag anti-tank guided missile was successfully tested from a helicopter platform.

Test: During the test, three-round trial of helicopter-launched Nag (HeliNa) missile were conducted at a Chandhan firing range in Jaisalmer in Rajasthan. The two of the trials successfully had hit the target while one had reportedly missed the target.

Facts about Nag anti-tank guided missile

  • Indigenously developed by the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) under the Integrated Guided Missile Development Programme (IGMDP).
  • HeliNa is a helicopter-launched version of Nag missile.
  • Operational range: 500m to 4km (Land version), 7-10km (Air-launched).
  • Guidance system: Incorporated with advance Active Imaging infra-red (IIR) seeker.
  • Earlier successful trials of this third generation missile were conducted from the Pokhran firing range and Integrated Test Range (ITR) at Chandipur.
  • Once inducted into the Armed Forces, it will be integrated with the weaponised version of the Dhruv, an advanced light helicopter (ALH).

Lt Gen Man Mohan Singh Rai appointed as new Vice-Chief of Army

Lt Gen Man Mohan Singh Rai has been appointed as new Vice-Chief of the Indian Army.

He is presently the Eastern Army Commander and will succeed Lt Gen Philip Campose who superannuates on 31 July 2015.

Rai is from the Indian Army’s Corps of Engineers. It should be noted that Army General Dalbir Singh Suhag too was the Eastern Army Commander before taking over the top post.

He is an alumnus of National Defence Academy (NDA), Khadakwasla, Pune and was commissioned from the Indian Military Academy (IMA), Dehradun in 1976.

Lt General Praveen Bakshi who is currently serving as Chief of Staff, Northern Command will be elevated as Army commander and move to Eastern Command to succeed Lt Gen Man Mohan Singh Rai.