India’s Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) successfully test fired indigenously developed, low weight, fire and forget Man Portable Anti-Tank Guided Missile (MPATGM) for the second time in the ranges of Rajasthan desert, on March 14.
In a major boost for Army, Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) successfully test fired indigenously developed, low weight, fire and forget Man Portable Anti-Tank Guided Missile (MPATGM) for the second time today in the ranges of Rajasthan desert.
MPATGM is incorporated with advanced features including state-of-the-art Imaging Infrared Radar (IIR) Seeker with integrated avionics. The first test was conducted on 13th March 2019. In both the missions, the missiles hit the designated targets precisely at different ranges. All the mission objectives have been met.
MPATGM is said to be a variant of the Nag third generation “fire-and-forget” anti-tank guided missile developed by the DRDO. This would make the new missile the third version of Nag with other two being the baseline version (launched from NAMICA vehicle based on the BMP-2 platform) and the helicopter-launched version (named HELINA).
The missile will be similar to the American FGM-148 Javelin and Israeli Spike anti-tank guided missiles (ATGMs).
Man-portable anti-tank systems (MANPATS) are basically shoulder-launched anti-tank guided missiles that can be operated by a single soldier. They are a threat to armored vehicles, low-flying aircraft (especially helicopters), and field fortifications.
Indian Army currently operates several models of Russian/Soviet and French ATGMs and is in the process of inducting Israeli Spike missiles. The Army needs third-generation ATGMs, with a strike range of over 2.5 km and fire-and-forget capabilities, to equip all its 382 infantry battalions and 44 mechanised infantry units.