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    The Indian Defence Ministry cancelled a $500 million Spike deal with Israel in favour of a domestic anti-tank guided missile (ATGM) in 2018. Israeli defence tech company Rafael claimed that it would take a long time for India's state-funded Defence Research and Development Organisation to develop an ATGM to reach the Indian Army in the field.

    Indian defence scientists have achieved a major success as the country's domestically-manufactured NAG (Cobra) anti-tank guided missile (ATGM) cleared the final trials with pin-point accuracy in the western state of Rajasthan on Thursday morning. The NAG anti-tank guided missiles were developed by the state-funded DRDO to engage highly "fortified enemy tanks in all weather conditions".

    ​The 1,900-mm missile has a lock-on-before-launch capability to a range of 4 km, which is much higher than American "Javelin" and Israeli "Spike" whose lock-on-before-launch capability are limited to 2.5 km.

    The Indian Army said in the past that it would require at least 40,000 anti-tank guided missiles in the next two decades.


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