Bhubaneswar: The successful test flight of the missile provided a significant boost to the Narendra Modi government’s Atmanirbhar Bharat program and would reinforce the Indian Army, according to the DRDO.
The Defence Research and Development Organization (DRDO) successfully flight tested an indigenously designed low weight, fire and forget Man-Portable Anti-Tank Guided Missile on Wednesday (MPATGM) from the Integrated Test Range (ITR) off the coast of Odisha. The missiles launched from a man-portable launcher that was combined with a thermal site, and the target was designed to seem like a tank. In direct attack mode, the missile hit the target and annihilated it with pinpoint accuracy. The test effectively validated the minimum range. The tripod-launched man-portable missile is designed for a maximum range of 2.5 km and a launch weight of less than 15 kg. Control Flight Tests have been completed successfully and Guided Flight Tests (with IIR Seeker) are planned. The missile’s maximum range has previously been successfully flight-tested.
The missile is outfitted with a cutting-edge Miniaturized Infrared Imaging Seeker as well as sophisticated avionics. The test brings the indigenous third-generation man-portable Anti-Tank Guided Missile development to a close.