India has successfully tested final configuration of its Man-Portable Anti-Tank Guided Missile
According to information released by the Indian Ministry of Defense on January 11, 2022, the Indian Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) successfully flight tested the final deliverable configuration of Man-Portable Anti-Tank Guided Missile (MPATGM) on January 11, 2022.
The indigenously developed Man Portable Anti-Tank Guided Missile (MPATGM) is a low weight, fire & forget missile and is launched from a man-portable launcher, integrated with thermal sight. The missile impacted the designated target and destroyed it. The final impact event was captured on camera and the test has validated the minimum range successfully.
The present test was to prove the consistent performance for the minimum range. All the mission objectives were met. The missile has miniaturised infrared imaging seeker and advanced avionics for on-board control and guidance. The missile performance has been proven for the maximum range in earlier test trials.
Raksha Mantri Shri Rajnath Singh has congratulated DRDO for the consistent performance of the anti-tank missile and said that this is an important step towards Atmanirbhar Bharat in advanced technology-based defence system development. Secretary Department of Defence R&D and Chairman DRDO Dr G Satheesh Reddy congratulated the team for the excellent performance of the missile during the test.
The missile of the (MPATGM) is fitted with high-explosive anti-tank (HEAT) warhead and has a length of about 1,300 mm and a diameter of about 120 mm with aluminum and carbon fiber launch tube and collapsible tripod.
The whole MPATGM weapon system has a weight of 14.5 kg, with its command launch unit (CLU) weighing 14.25 kg which combines a laser designator with digital all-weather sight. The missile has a minimum firing range of 200 to 300 m and a maximum range of 4 km.