Weather shadow on CLG missile test

Published: 21st August 2013 12:23 PM  |   Last Updated: 21st August 2013 12:23 PM   |  A+A-

The DRDO is likely to defer proposed trial of an advanced version of cannon launched laser-guided missile (CLGM) which was to be tested from a defence base off Odisha coast on Wednesday.

The missile was to be test-fired from the Integrated Test Range (ITR) at Chandipur-on-sea on Wednesday, but it now seems unlikely due to inclement weather. Preparation for the mission has been completed and a special launcher set up at the launching complex here for the scheduled test. 

A defence official, however, said if everything goes as per the programme and weather remains favourable, the missile will be test-fired on Wednesday.

“Heavy rain lashed the area on Tuesday. We may defer if such weather prevails on Wednesday. We will carry out the test during low tide,” he said. 

The missile has been developed by the Aeronautical Development Establishment at Bangalore and is a new generation anti-tank missile. It can neutralise any target in three to five km range. It is an all terrain missile that can be used by the Army, Navy and Air Force.  The missile will be equipped with Arjun MK-2 and MK-1 tanks. The missile can also target armoured targets and helicopters at extended  ranges.

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