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SOURCE: RAUNAK KUNDE / NEWS BEAT / IDRW.ORG

In 2020, India’s Bharat Dynamics Limited (BDL) unveiled the Amogha-III, a third-generation anti-tank guided missile (ATGM) that promises to revolutionize the country’s ground-based anti-armour capabilities. This “fire-and-forget” weapon, currently undergoing Army trials, promises to significantly bolster India’s ground forces’ anti-armour capabilities. Amogha-III is likely to get Army Clearance likely next year as informed to idrw.org.

The Amogha-III is a “fire-and-forget” weapon, meaning the operator acquires the target and launches the missile, which then navigates to its destination autonomously. This reduces the soldier’s exposure to enemy fire and allows for quicker engagement. The missile boasts a range of 200 to 2,500 meters, giving it flexibility in various combat scenarios.

The Amogha-III employs a dual-mode seeker that combines imaging infrared (IIR) and electro-optical (EO) capabilities. This provides the missile with all-weather and day/night operational abilities, ensuring accurate targeting even in challenging environments. The operator can choose between top attack and direct attack modes, further enhancing tactical options against different types of armoured vehicles.

The Amogha-III packs a powerful punch with its tandem warhead, designed to penetrate Explosive Reactive Armor (ERA) commonly used on modern tanks. With a claimed penetration capability exceeding 650mm beyond ERA, the missile can effectively neutralize even heavily armoured threats.

The complete Amogha-III system is lightweight and portable, consisting of the missile itself, a tripod for launch stability, and a command launch unit (CLU) with remote operation capability. This mobility allows for rapid deployment and engagement from various positions, making it ideal for infantry and special forces operations.

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