Since the end of the Second World War in 1945, high-velocity heavy calibre projectiles, explosive rounds and landmines have always remained the favourite weapons of professional armies all across the world. While it is easy to engage a stationary human target with a sniper rifle from long distances, it is comparatively difficult to engage highspeed mobile targets like battle tanks and armoured vehicles with LRDLOS (Long Range Direct Line of Sight) firing. China has developed a large ground-force based on armoured infantry and mechanised artillery columns and Pakistan too, is in the process of inducting large numbers of tanks and infantry fighting vehicles in its army. The emerging threats emanating from rapidly moving armoured columns in the tactical level battlefield need to be tackled with an appropriate Indian response. While the Indian Army hasâ€‹ largely depended on imported antiarmour weapons since the last three decades, some indigenous projects have started yielding satisfactory results in recent years. Following is a sneak peek into the current anti-armour fighting capabilities of the Indian Army and also some of the upcoming projects.
MILAN 2T Anti-tank guided missile
MILAN is a French-made anti-tank guided missile (ATGM) for light antiarmour warfare. It is a wire-guided semi-automatic command to line-of sight (SACLOS) weapon system that can be equipped with MIRA (Milan Infrarot Adapter) and MILIS (Milan Lightweight