India has successfully conducted flight-testing of new Anti Tank Guided Missile

According to information released by the Indian Government, the Indian Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) successfully flight-tested indigenously developed low weight, fire and forget Man Portable Antitank Guided Missile (MPATGM) on July 21, 2021.
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The new Indian-made MPATGM Man Portable Anti-Tank Guided Missile during its flight test. (Picture source DRDO)

The MPATGM (Man Portable Anti-Tank Guided Missile), is an Indian-made third-generation fire-and-forget anti-tank guided missile derived from Nag ATGM (Anti-Tank Guided Missile). It is currently under development by the Indian Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO)

The missile was launched from a man portable launcher integrated with thermal site and the target was mimicking a tank. The missile hit the target in direct attack mode and destroyed it with precision. The test has validated the minimum range successfully.

The missile is incorporated with state-of-the-art Miniaturized Infrared Imaging Seeker along with advanced avionics. The test brings the development of indigenous third-generation man portable Anti-Tank Guided Missile close to completion. It is fitted with a high-explosive anti-tank (HEAT) warhead and has an operational firing range of 2,500 m.

The missile of the MPATGM has a length of about 1,300 mm and a diameter of about 120 mm with aluminum and carbon fiber launch tube and collapsible tripod to save on weight. It has a weight of 14.5 kg, with its command launch unit (CLU) weighing 14.25 kg which combines a laser designator with digital all-weather sight.

Raksha Mantri Shri Rajnath Singh has congratulated DRDO and the Industry for the successful test. Secretary Department of Defence R&D and Chairman DRDO Dr G Satheesh Reddy congratulated the team for the successful test.