India to go ahead with Spike ATGM


 

Rethinking again to meet the urgent requirements, the Indian Army is now going ahead with the proposal to buy the portable Spike Anti-Tank Guided Missile (ATGM) System from Israel.

The infantry battalion of the Indian Army has urgent need of huge ATGM systems as the existing system are becoming obsolete. The final decisions will also be taken soon.

Once inducted, the Indian Army will equip all its 82 infantry battalions and 44 mechanized infantry units. The third generation ATGM will have a strike range of over 2.5 km and fire-and-forget capabilities.

At the same time, the Ministry of Defense has asked the state-owned Defense Research Development Organization to develop its own ATGM system so that the forces have not to rely on foreign vendors every time. DRDO has already developed an ATGM system like NAG. The problem is that they are not portable and can only be equipped with infantry vehicles.