Based on the BMP-2, the Indian Defense Industry and DRDO recently launched a new mobile anti-tank weapon system, the NAMIS or NAMICA.

India has a long history with combat vehicles of Soviet origin. In the 1980s India produced under license the BMP-2 version with the designation Sarath. It is estimated that by 2007, 1,250 vehicles had been built, and by February 2020, about 2,500 Saraths had been produced. Based on the BMP-2, the Indian Defense Industry and DRDO recently launched a new mobile anti-tank weapon system, the NAMIS or NAMICA.

The NAMICA is classified as a tank destroyer. It is equipped with various electro-optical systems including a thermal imager and a laser rangefinder for target acquisition. The NAMICA carries a total of twelve missiles, with 6 in ready-to-fire mode and 6 in storage. The layout of NAMICA are almost identical to the Sarath BMP-2 with the driver located at the front left side of the hull and the commander sitting to the rear of the driver.

The system is equipped with six ready-to-fire NAG missiles, an Indian-made anti-tank guided missile. The turret consists of two rows of three missiles with the firing sight system mounted in the middle. The Nag missile is an Indian third-generation, all-weather, fire-and-forget, lock-on after launch, anti-tank guided missile with an operational range of 500 m to 20 km depending on variant. It has a single-shot hit probability of 90%.

The missile is designed to engage and destroy heavily armored vehicles and fortifications, was fully designed and developed by DRDO. The missile version on NAMICA has a range of about 4km. It is equipped with an imaging infrared seeker for target acquisition and guidance and has the ability to hit targets in top attack mode. Secondary armament includes a remote-controlled weapon station armed with a 7.62mm machine gun mounted to the left of the driver and commander hatches.

The final user trial of the third generation Anti Tank Guided Missile NAG was conducted from the Pokhran range in 2020. Following that, the Indian Army ordered NAG “Fire & Forget” “Top Attack” Anti Tank Guided Missile (ATGM) mounted on the NAG missile carrier NAMICA, which is a BMP II-based system with amphibious capability.

The BMP-2 chassis is a low profile, agile, reliable and serviceable vehicle with an engine powerful enough for most all-terrain missions. Welded steel armor provides all-round protection against 12.7 mm rounds. As far as this is an older vehicle, there is no protection against landmines. The vehicle is fitted with NBC protection and automatic fire suppression systems.

1 COMMENT

LEAVE A REPLY

Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here