New Development

Laser Homing Anti-Tank (LAHAT) Missile for MBT Arjun

Combat Vehicles Research & Development Establishment (CVRDE), Avadi, in collaboration with a firm has developed a Laser Homing Anti-Tank (LAHAT) Missile for firing from the 120 mm rifled gun of MBT Arjun. LAHAT is a semi-active laser homing missile, which can be fired from the main gun of the tank similar to conventional rounds. The missile would significantly enhance the fighting capability of MBT Arjun since its maximum effective range is 6 km as compared to the 2.5 km of conventional ammunition. The missile can be fired either in a lofted trajectory against AFVs or in a flat trajectory against helicopters. The fire control system of the tank would include a laser designator, which will project a coded laser beam on the target. Target designation can also be done by another tank or ground laser designator.

As an intermeDIATe stage towards the firing demonstration, some LAHAT Missiles were fired from the main gun of MBT to confirm the missile launch parameters such as sabot separation, fin deployment, etc. The penetration capability of the missile warhead was tested and the results confirmed to the requirement.

The missiles used for the firing demonstration were fitted with telemetry transmitter in place of warhead. Mobile telemetry station, generator vehicle, special target fixture and other equipment were developed for the programme. The firing results and telemetry data analysis revealed a high accuracy and repeatability of the performance.