Today, the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) has successfully tested the indigenously developed low weight, fire and forget Man-Portable Anti-Tank Guided Missile (MPATGM). Marking the success of the mission, the officials cited that it was a great achievement for PM Modi’s ‘Atmanirbhar Bharat’ campaign.

Talking to the media, the officials mentioned that the step would also strengthen the Indian Army. As per sources, the missile was launched from a man-portable launcher integrated with the thermal site and the target was mimicking a tank. Reportedly, it had hit the target in direct attack mode and destroyed the same with precision.

Commenting on the mission, the DRDO officials mentioned that all the objectives of the mission were achieved. “The missile has already been successfully flight-tested for the maximum range. The missile is incorporated with state-of-the-art Miniaturised Infrared Imaging Seeker along with advanced avionics,” it added.

Furthermore, it has been revealed that the man-portable missile, has been launched using a tripod designed for a maximum range of 2.5 km with a launch weight of less than 15 kg. “Its control flight tests have been successfully carried out, while guided flight tests (with IIR Seeker) are planned,” an official said.

Meanwhile, the DRDO also successfully flight tested the New Generation Akash Missile (Akash-NG), a surface to air missile, from Integrated Test Range (ITR) off the coast of Odisha during the day. Once deployed, the Akash-NG weapon system will prove to be a force multiplier for the Air Defence capability of the Indian Air Force.

Defence Minister Rajnath Singh has congratulated DRDO, BDL, BEL, Indian Air Force and the industry for the successful test. DRDO chairman Dr. G Satheesh Reddy also congratulated the team for the successful test.

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