Defense Research and Development Organisation (DRDO), in a major boost to Army’s infantry troops, test fired Man Portable Anti-Tank Guided Missile (MPATGM) system from a firing range in Kurnool, Andhra Pradesh, on Wednesday. To fulfill Army’s need for third generation Anti-tank guided missile, it is the third successful test firing of missile system.
The missile, fired from a tripod was to target a functional tank. It succeeded in hitting the target in the top attack mode and completely decimated the target.
DRDO indigenously developed the missile which is equipped with many new advanced features. It also includes ultra-modern imaging infrared radar seeker with integrated avionics. The third-generation MPATGM anti-tank guided missile (ATGM) comes loaded with a high-explosive anti-tank (HEAT) warhead. The maximum engagement range of this missile is about 2.5 kilometers.
According to sources, the mass production of these missiles would begin in 2021. In December 2017, the government had decided to scrap deal worth USD 500 million with Rafale for 321 Spike ATGM systems and 8,356 missiles in favor of the MPATGM system. It is to be noted that in October 2014, the Spike ATGM was selected by then government over the US-made FGM-148 Javelin ATGM system.