DRDO and Indian Army Conduct Successful Test of Indigenous Man-Portable Anti-tank Guided Missile Weapon System

New Delhi: In a significant achievement, the Defense Research and Development Organization (DRDO) and the Indian Army have successfully tested the indigenously developed Man-Portable Anti-Tank Guided Missile (MPATGM) weapon system.

The MPATGM, designed and developed by DRDO, underwent developmental trials in Pokhran, Rajasthan, demonstrating its high technological superiority. The missile system, comprising the missile, launcher, targeting system, and fire control unit, was tested rigorously to meet the specifications of the Indian Army.

According to the Ministry of Defense (MOD), the MPATGM has undergone multiple field evaluations in different flight configurations, with successful missile fire trials meeting the General Staff Qualitative Requirements (Infantry, Indian Army) for its entire operating envelope.

The successful Warhead Flight Trials conducted at the Pokhran Field Firing Range, Rajasthan, on April 13, 2024, showcased the impressive performance of the missile and warhead. The trials highlighted the noteworthy capability of the warhead against modern tanks.

The MPATGMs are capable of operating day or night, enabling pinpoint strikes from elevated positions. The Tandem Warhead System of the MPATGM has successfully passed penetration tests, demonstrating its ability to defeat modern armor-protected Main Battle Tanks. The system also features day/night and top assault capabilities, with the dual-mode seeker functionality enhancing its effectiveness in tank warfare.

With the completion of technical development and successful demonstrations, the system is now ready for Final User Evaluation Trials before its induction into the Indian Army, the ministry stated.

Defense Minister Rajnath Singh commended the DRDO and the Indian Army for the successful trials, describing them as a significant step toward achieving self-reliance in advanced technology-based defense system development. Dr. Samir V Kamat, Chairman of DRDO and Secretary of Defence R&D, congratulated the trial teams for their efforts.

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