The Defense Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) on September 11 conducted the third successful test fire of indigenously design & developed Man Portable Anti Tank Guided Missile (MPATGM). The Indian Ministry of Defense (MoD) said in a statement.
The missile was launched from a man portable tripod launcher and successfully hits the target in top attack mode, a dummy tank. This test was conducted in the range of Kurnool, located in Andhra Pradesh, Southeast India.
— रक्षा मंत्री कार्यालय/ RMO India (@DefenceMinIndia) September 11, 2019
The first test of MPATGM was conducted on September 15 2018, followed by another successful trial on September 16 2018.
The second test of MPATGM was conducted on March 13 2019, followed by another successful trial on March 14 2019.
MPATGM is man portable version of NAG missile. The MPATGM is a third generation, low weight, fire and forget, anti tank guided missile (ATGM). It is fitted with High explosive anti-tank Warhead (HEAT) having a length of 1,300 mm (4 ft 3 in) and a diameter of 120 mm (4.7 in). It has a mass of 14.5 KG, with its Command Launch Unit 14.25 KG.
MPATGM has a engagement range of about 2.5 KM and equipped with an Imaging Infra-red Seeker (IIR) with integrated avionics. This missile has a Top Attack mode capability.
This missile was designed and developed by Defense Research Development Organisation (DRDO) with a partnership of VEM technologies and will be manufactured by Bharat Dynamic Limited.
Why ATGM means a lot to Indian Army ?
At present Indian army is facing acute shortage of anti tank guided missile. According to a report Army has a shortage of 68,000 ATGMs and 850 launcher of different types, with a shocking 60% shortage of ATGM, which is alarming situation for India’s security. Government need to fill this demand of ATGM as soon as possible to halt enemy tank infantry in the plains at the time of war.
Unwillingly, Indian Army is forced to use second generation Anti Tank Guided Missile to meet its requirements.
DRDO has promised to Indian Army that they will developed ATGM in 2021.
However in April 2019, Indian Army has placed the order for 240 Spike MR Israeli made Anti tank Guided Missile and 12 launcher under an emergency purchase to meet immediate operations. This decision came in the response of sudden escalation of tension between India and Pakistan.
NAG is a third generation Anti Tank guided Missile and also called “Prospina” for the land attack version which has a engagement range of 4 KM. HeliNa (SANT), Helicopter Launch variant of NAG missile has a engagement range of upto 20 KM.
It has length of 1.85 m and a total diameter of 0.20 m, fitted with a Tandem-Charge HEAT Penitration warhead. This missile has a total weight of 43 Kg with 8 KG of warhead. It uses Imaging Infra-red (IIR) seeker and active radar homing as their guidance system.
This missile can launch through various platform like NAMICA (NAG Misssile Carrier), HAL Rudra and from HAL Light Combat Helicopter.
An order of 300 NAG missiles and 25 NAMICA has been approved by Defence Acquisition council (DAC) of Indian Ministry of Defense.