Nag waits for sweetheart NAMICA | Emotional DRDL for final orders

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  1. Pandora

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    Nag waits for sweetheart NAMICA | Emotional DRDL for final orders | Stubborn Army for quality spitfire sys | Climax in Pokhran during carrier re-validation trials

    Bangalore/Hyderabad: This is the gripping love story of anti-tank guided missile (ATGM) Nag and its system sweetheart NAMICA (Nag Missile Carrier), that went awry. The climax of probably the longest story of India's Integrated Guided Missile Development Programme (IGMDP), will finally unfold during coming Summer. Who will wed Nag? Will it be the NAMICA being re-groomedd by Bharat Electronics Ltd (BEL) or the one being nurtured by Larsen and Tubro (L&T)? Adding twist to the tale is the possibility of the best of both systems being taken and rolled into a single macho carrier.

    The wait has put Hyderabad-based Defence Research and Development Laboratory (DRDL) into an emotional spin, considering that the Indian Army had earlier placed its Acceptance of Necessity (AON) for 443 Nag missiles 13 NAMICAs in 2005. The Army had made it clear then that a firm commitment will only be given once all trials are successful and the system is fit for induction. The Army also projected in their perspective plan the need for 7000 Nag missiles and around 200 NAMICAs.:cool2:

    “As a complete weapon system (Nag + NAMICA) a final commitment will be given only after the Pokhran trials in coming summer. After the user trials in 2010, we had accepted Nag as an ATGM, but wanted integration with launcher improved,” Army sources told Express. The electro-mechanical systems of the two NAMCIAs used during trials (both made by BEL) were found to be below Army's expectations in tough dessert terrain conditions, including reliability concerns propping-up.

    Work on Nag weapon system began in 1987 and the day version of the missile proved its mettle in 2000. Then the Army and DRDO top brass wanted the missile to have day and night capabilities, which is said to have developed in 2002. Later, the need for dual sensors was felt, including IR sensor for day/night and CCD (charged coupled device) for day. Finally, in 2007, the development of missile was completed along with NAMICA and user trials in phases were held during 2008-2010, until the NAMICA became DRDL's Nag-ging niece. “We have hence decided to go for two companies (BEL, L&T) and the best NAMICA will be selected after comparative studies and re-validation trials. The competitive evaluation of reconfigured NAMICA is possibly the last hurdle before the Army places the order,” sources said.

    The upgraded NAMICA boasts of an advanced fire control system (FCS), advanced sighting system for both gunner and commander and compact auxiliary power unit (APU) which operates inside the hull compartment. “The carrier will offer a better launcher drive mechanism, reduced weight, smooth mobility and amphibious capabilities. Earlier the Army wanted eight missiles on the launcher and four in the stowage. Now, this has been reduced to six ready-to-fire missiles on the launcher only,” sources said.

    DRDL claims that the missile can hit target up to 4 km in favourable conditions and up to 3 km in adverse conditions. “It is a very potent warhead which can pierce in excess of 850 mm of armour. A new seeker being developed in-house will take the range to 4.5 km, and guaranteed 4 km under all conditions. So far the project has cost over Rs 300 crore and a total of 80 missiles were developed in the pre-production phase by Bharat Dynamics Ltd. Around 50 missiles were used during trials,” sources said.
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    So will it be BEL, L&T or best of both going to be the winner? In love and war, seldom you get a second chance. Stay tuned!

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  3. agentperry

    agentperry Senior Member Senior Member

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    700 nags and the same army buys other missiles milan and javelin in thousands and never in hundreds.
    this project is for????

    moreover the performance of this missile needs to be increased or the weight of missile needs to be bought down.

    when lighter javelin can be used to destroy a house from 2-2.5 kms range then why anyone will buy such missile-nag
     
  4. Chinmoy

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    Although this thread is inactive for long, but I wonder why NaMica had been dropped? I have not found any solid answer for its dropping reason.
     
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    Test involving NaMica. Old one, but still good.
     
  6. Immanuel

    Immanuel Senior Member Senior Member

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    Actually, Nag could be a mainstay with a little bit of creative work. It should come in the following warhead types I.e HE, Anti Tank (armor piercing), Thermo baric, Bunker Busting & Fragmentation. Every battalion in the strike corps can use 10 Namicas for all purpose fire against a variety of enemy targets. A single Namica can carry 12 missiles with 8 missiles in ready to fire mode. We can have mix and match of different types of missiles and warheads. Allowing the Namica to provide Close Ground Support.
     
  7. Chinmoy

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    As far as I know, NaMica has been shelved. Nag on the other hand is going on with upgrades to change it from Anti Tank role, which was its primary role during designing, to bunker buster role too. But my question is, why NaMica has been sent to back burner.
     

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