Indigenous Stand-Off Anti-Tank Missile

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Indigenous Stand-Off Anti-Tank Missile

  • Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) and Indian Air Force (IAF) on Saturday tested the indigenously designed and developed Stand-off Anti-tank (SANT) missile from Pokhran ranges.
  • 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.

About Stand-Off Anti-Tank missile

  • The SANT missile is equipped with a state-of-the-art millimetre wave (MMW) seeker which provides high precision strike capability from a safe distance.
  • The weapon can neutralise targets in a range up to 10 kms.
  • The MMW seeker can realize target detection under all weather conditions, the performance of which directly determines the design of the control algorithms.
  • The missile has been designed and developed by Research Centre Imarat (RCI), Hyderabad in coordination with other DRDO labs and participation from industries.
  • This is the third in the series of indigenous stand-off weapons to be tested in recent times after long-range bomb and smart anti airfield weapons for strengthening the arsenal of IAF.
  • The indigenous development of various configurations for different applications with advanced technologies is a firm march towards 'Aatmanirbharta' in defence.

Research Centre Imarat

  • RCI is a DRDO laboratory located in Hyderabad, Telangana.
  • The lab is responsible for Research and Development of Missile Systems, Guided Weapons and advanced Avionics for Indian Armed Forces.
  • It was established by APJ Abdul Kalam in 1988.
  • It is currently headed by U Raja Babu.