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Bharat Dynamics Limited (BDL) has successfully developed the 3rd generation man-portable Anti Tank Guided Missile (ATGM), Amogha-III, and is now considering the development of a low-cost air-launched variant. This variant aims to provide an effective range of over 5 kilometres when fired from attack helicopters such as HAL’s Prachand and Rudra.

The Amogha-III ATGM incorporates a dual-mode IIR Seeker, offering a range of 200 to 2500 meters, which can be utilized in lock-on-before-launch (LOBL) mode. Its anti-armour tandem warhead possesses the capability to penetrate more than 650 mm beyond Explosive Reactive Armour (ERA), enhancing its effectiveness against armoured targets.

India’s Defense Research and Development Organization (DRDO) has already developed SANT (10km) and Helina (7km), which have longer ranges but are also more expensive. BDL’s objective is to offer a cost-effective Amogha-III variant with a reduced range and lower unit cost. This would enable the destruction of enemy tanks and fortified forward posts without compromising effectiveness while minimizing expenditure.

Once the developmental trials of the missile are completed, the concept of Air-Launched Amogha-III ATGM may be further pursued. BDL, in collaboration with the private sector company Gridbots, is actively working on integrating the Amogha-III ATGM into the Titan multi-utility combat vehicle. The Titan vehicle is designed to autonomously perform various operations on the battlefield without human intervention, thereby reducing risks for infantry personnel and enhancing their capabilities in ground operations.

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