Compare Refleks, which is a laser beam-riding missile that's nearly impossible to beat with PPS/DIRCM's and was the base design for the most capable man portable ATGM in the world (Kornet), while Lahat has a front facing seeker than can be easily defeated/dazzled with Passive Counter Measures....but most of all doesn't work as advertised:
What an odd article that was.... it mentioned a fault of the missile was not being able to hit targets within 1.2km... but it is a tank round... surely within 1.2km you should be able to obliterate the target with an APFSDS round or a HEAT round at a vastly cheaper price.
Semi Active Laser Homing is not bad per say, it does have some advantages, like not needing a clear line of sight between the target and the operator... you can bang them off and mark the target with another smaller lighter platform... like a small UAV operating over enemy forces at heights where they are tough to see.
There are not many opponents who could actually do much about that sort of method of attack... of course smoke around the target means the missile might be targeting the top of a smoke cloud instead of the target so might fly right past the target because it wont notice hitting the smoke and wont see the tank underneath...
Still I would think if they have gun launched missiles in their T-72s and T-90s it makes sense to just use one type of missile for the job... perhaps a joint venture to expand its performance to their specialist needs.... perhaps 10km range in open country or mountains where targets can be seen at much greater distances... the Kornet seems to work to 10km in the HE Frag armed model, so a 125mm gun accelerated model should be at least able to manage to equal that...
Of course experience in Syria seems to have shown them that 152mm laser homing rounds can be very very effective with the right drone support too... including against moving targets...
You would think with less than 40% of the new Arjun being Indian they would just do what the Russians did and just buy the engine and gun and armour technology from Russia and work on developing their own armour industry... considering their size and the large number of potential opponents they see in their path (ie china) then having a lot of tanks would be valuable for them.
What they are doing now is having their high tech tank being supposed to be indigenous (Arjun) and their mass numbers tank imported (T-72/90)... except their new imports of the T-90MS seems to be superior in many ways to their supposed high tech tank.
I would have thought logically that it would make rather more sense for them to unify the cheap and the expensive model... buy the T-90MS design completely and fully licence produce it in numbers as their Domestic high quality tank and upgrade the T-72s with features and equipment from the T-90 and use that as the numbers tank and just drop the Arjun.
In terms of aircraft, I think they need to have a sit down and good hard think about what they are doing... I think the Tegas has enormous potential as a cheap simple light fighter, but they seem to be screwing that up... it looks from the outside like they are expecting too much from it... it does not and should not have enormous range or an enormous payload... it needs to be reasonably manoeuvrable with a good payload and medium range and cheaper to buy and operate and easy to fly and reliable and safe.
Trying to make it a super weapon will ruin it... the MiG-21 is a good example... small but fast and cheap to run... not a lot of range and not a lot of payload, and no super dogfighter... but cheap and simple and most of the time effective enough... with R-73s and R-77s it is a serious threat to even modern enemy aircraft.