Nag Missile Carrier (NAMICA): The Tank Buster

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Disclaimer: There is a lot of conflicting information on this vehicle, if there is anything incorrect or misrepresented, please share in the comments and provide a source and I will take care of it. :salute:

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The NAMICA 1, also known as the early NAMICA, featuring the ability to fire the Nag missile.

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The NAMICA 2, or the late NAMICA, a further development of the NAMICA 1.

  • Description:
    • Role: Tank Destroyer
    • Origin: India
    • Manufacturer : Bharat Dynamics Limited/Ordnance Factory Medak
    • Summary:
      • The NAMICA, or Nag Missile Carrier, is an advanced anti-tank missile carrier developed by the Defense Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) of India. It is broken up into two variants, the NAMICA 1 and the NAMICA 2, with the NAMICA 2 being the latest generation. Both vehicles are designed to provide the Indian Army with a powerful and effective means of engaging armored targets on the battlefield.
      • The NAMICA 1 is based on the Russian BMP-2 Infantry Fighting Vehicle (IFV), and is designed to carry and launch the Nag anti-tank guided missile (ATGM). The vehicle is equipped with a launcher that can carry up to eight Nag missiles, a third-generation anti-tank guided missile (ATGM) developed by the DRDO. The Nag missile is a fire-and-forget missile with a range of up to 4 kilometers and is equipped with an imaging infrared seeker for guidance. The IR guidance system allows for the weapon to be fired in a “Fire-and-Forget” capacity that can be set between a direct or top attack path. The missile is capable of penetrating between 800-900mm of armor behind ERA thanks to the tandem HEAT warhead by detonating the first stage of the warhead to neutralize the ERA’s explosive reactive elements, followed by the second stage to penetrate the underlying armor. The fire control system does not feature night vision or thermal imaging, as it is a standard optical sight with magnifier. The Commander is only equipped with a day periscope. The vehicle is powered by a 285hp TATA Motors Diesel Engine and has a top speed of around 65 km/h. The NAMICA 1 provides the Indian Army with a highly mobile and versatile anti-tank capability, with the ability to engage heavily armored targets from a safe distance. The vehicle’s Nag missiles are highly accurate and can penetrate even the most advanced armor, making it an effective tool for dealing with enemy tanks and armored vehicles. The NAMICA 1 only remained a prototype, not accepted by the Indian Army.
      • The NAMICA 2 is an upgraded version of the NAMICA 1, with several improvements and upgrades over the previous version. Like the NAMICA 1, the NAMICA 2 is based on the BMP-2 IFV, but features a more powerful engine, the Ashok Leyland AL-400, which offers the same top speed, however offers faster acceleration. Other features include a new fire control system, and enhanced mobility and survivability features. The NAMICA 2’s fire control system utilizes electro-optics developed by Israeli company ElOp Electro Optics Industries which provides the Missile Operator and Commander 3rd-generation thermal imagers. These imagers are known as the CoMPASS Electro-Optical Sighting System . The NAMICA 2 is designed to carry six Nag missiles instead of the eight found on the earlier version due to better integrated electronics, or fire control. The vehicle’s improved mobility and survivability features make it more effective in combat situations, and its enhanced fire control system allows for more accurate and efficient engagement of armored targets. The NAMICA 2 also comes equipped with a 7.62mm Remote Weapon Station to offer close-proximity self-defense capability. The NAMICA 2 is currently undergoing testing and evaluation by the Indian Army, and is expected to be fully inducted into service in the near future. The vehicle is expected to further enhance the Indian Army’s anti-tank capabilities and provide a powerful and effective means of engaging armored targets on the battlefield.
      • In conclusion, the NAMICA 1 and NAMICA 2 are highly capable anti-tank vehicles that provide the Indian Army with a powerful and effective means of engaging armored targets on the battlefield. The NAMICA 2, with its upgrades and improvements, is expected to further enhance the Indian Army’s anti-tank capabilities and provide a more effective tool for dealing with enemy armor. These vehicles are a testament to the Indian defense industry’s ability to design and develop advanced military technologies that meet the country’s specific defense requirements.
      • Additional Note: There are 2 other versions of NAMICA, prototypes that could be added as well. These early versions have similar capabilities, with the first original prototype having a launcher armed with 4x missiles for testing of the Nag itself and the second being dubbed the L&T NAMICA Troop Commander Vehicle (TCV) which was revealed in 2012 at the DEFEXPO in India; having a similar role to the Khrizantrema- or Shturm-SM, featuring a dual-missile launcher that’s retractable into the hull. Images and videos can be found below.
      • Special thanks to @Rasrayfor the extra clarification on the NAMICA.
  • Armament:
    • Primary:
      • 6x or 8x ATGM Launcher (Model dependent)
        • Missile:
          • Nag (Ground-variant):
            • Warhead: Tandem HEAT
            • Penetration: ~800-900mm of RHA behind ERA
            • Diameter: 200mm
            • Length: 1.85m
            • Weight: 43kg
            • Range: ~4km
            • Speed: 230m/s
            • Guidance:
              • Infrared Imaging/Fire-and-Forget
    • (Only NAMICA 2) Secondary: 7.62mm Remote Weapon Station
  • Maneuverability:
    • Max Speed: 65km/h
    • Transmission: Manual (5-Forward, 1-Reverse)
    • Suspension: Torsion Bar
    • Engine:
      • NAMICA 1: 285hp - TATA Motors Diesel Engine
      • NAMICA 2: 300hp - Ashok Leyland AL-400 Diesel Engine
  • Dimensions:
    • Length: 6.93m
    • Width: 3.15m
    • Height:
      • ~2.6m NAMICA 1
      • ~2.8m NAMICA 2
    • Weight: 16-17tt
  • Crew (4x):
    • Commander
    • Loader
    • Driver
    • Missile Operator
  • Accessories:
    • 6x 81mm Smoke Grenade Launchers
    • ESS
    • Amphibious
    • Armor:
      • High Hardness Rolled Armor, same as the BMP-2 due to utilizing the same hull.
    • Optics/Electronics:
      • NAMICA 1:
        • Driver: 3x Day Periscopes
        • Gunner: Magnified Optical Day Sight
        • Commander: Day Periscope
      • NAMICA 2:
        • Driver: 3x Day Periscopes
        • Gunner: CoMPASS Electro-Optical Sighting System (3rd-generation Thermal Imager)
        • Commander: CoMPASS Electro-Optical Sighting System (3rd-Generation Thermal Imager)
          • Hunter-killer capable.
        • Laser Rangefinder equipped: Yes
  • In-game :
    • Both the NAMICA 1 and NAMICA 2, firing the same missile, have capabilities that differentiate the two from each other. The NAMICA 1 features no thermal imagery, let alone night vision equipment while the NAMICA 2 is equipped with 3rd-generation Thermal Imagers with the Commander able to use the panoramic features of the sight. This greatly allows the vehicle to operate at higher ranks without issue. One thing to note, with the current F&F features, this system would be limited in offensive capabilities. If these capabilities are corrected, the NAMICA will be able to engage targets by simply locking on and leaving the scene, with the missile able to do most of the work. The NAMICA will be an effective vehicle, capping off the Indian Ground Tree’s Tank Destroyer column,
    • Estimated Battle Rating:
      • NAMICA 1: 9.0
      • NAMICA 2: 9.7
  • Sources:

Imagery

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NAMICA 1:

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Images of the original NAMICA 1.

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The Nag anti-tank missile shown with a transparent casing to view the inner workings.

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Another image of the Nag missile.


NAMICA 2:

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NAMICA 2 firing its main weapon.

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Images of the NAMICA 2.

NAMICA Tank Destroyer : Entered Production - YouTube

Video of the NAMICA 2.

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NAMICA Nag Missile Carrier firing Nag missiles - YouTube

Image and video of the original NAMICA prototype during test firing.

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One of the other early prototypes with a retractable launcher.

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