The Indian Army (IA) is to conduct validation trials of the Rafael Advanced Defense Systems Spike anti-tank guided weapon (ATGW) ahead of deciding whether to procure the system via an inter-governmental agreement (IGA) in 2019–20.
Official sources told Jane’s on 17 September that the IA is set to test-fire the ATGW in the summer of 2019 in India’s western Rajasthan desert region to validate its infrared seeker.
They said the ATGW had reportedly not met the IA’s operational qualitative requirements in previous trials undertaken in searing summer temperatures in the desert where a large proportion of the systems would eventually be deployed.
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