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MPATGM: DRDO successfully tests man-portable anti-tank guided missile

Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) conducted first successful trials of indigenously developed third generation (MPATGM)-
MPATGM: Anti-Tank guided missile
Man Portable Anti-Tank Guided Missile.
  • Two rounds of missile were flight tested in operational configuration in two days from Ahmednagar range in Maharashtra.

About the Test:

  • The two tests were intended for two different ranges.
  • After its launch from platform, the missile tracked target all through its trajectory and destroyed it with high precision.
  • The missile performed as expected during the test by meeting all mission objectives successfully and validated its maximum range capability.
  • Apart from stand alone and warhead testing, the missile also had undergone series of tests including integrated static trial to characterise trust vector control.

About the MPATGM weapon system:

  • MPATGM is third-generation anti-tank guided missile (ATGM) indigenously developed by DRDO.
  • It is best in its class in the world.
  • It is yet to be formally named.
  • It is expected to replace second generation French origin anti-tank guided missile Milan and Soviet semi-automatic wire-guided missile Konkur, which are in service with Indian Army.
  • This missile is considered as major boost to Make-in-India initiative.
  • It has a strike range of 2.5 km. 
  • It weighs around 14.5 kg to maintain man portability.
  • It is capable of being fired from shoulder and can be used during day and night. 
  • It has minimum lateral centre and gravity offset.
  • It is fitted with a high-explosive anti-tank (HEAT) warhead.
  • It works on fire and forget principle and is known for its top attack capabilities.
  • It is effective against both stationary and moving targets.
  • It will be deployed in Infantry and Parachute battalions of Indian Army.
  • Its development was necessitated after armed forces sought low-weight and man portable weapon systems as per battle ground requirements.
  • At present, India Army has indigenously developed third generation anti-tank guided missile (ATGM) Nag in its arsenal but it is not portable to meet its demand.

Question:

Q. Who has conducted, first successful trials of indigenously developed third generation Man Portable Anti-Tank Guided Missile (MPATGM)?
a. Bharat Dynamics Limited (BDL)
b. Bharat Electronics Limited (BEL)
c. Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO)
d. None of the above
MPATGM: DRDO successfully tests man-portable anti-tank guided missile MPATGM: DRDO successfully tests man-portable anti-tank guided missile Reviewed by Inderjeet Virdi on September 19, 2018 Rating: 5

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