Military & Aerospace

Success of Indigenous Innovation with Man Portable Anti-Tank Guided Missile (MPATGM) Trials
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Issue Net Edition | Date : 15 Apr , 2024

The recent successful trials conducted by the Defence Research & Development Organisation (DRDO) and the Indian Army of the indigenous Man Portable Anti-tank Guided Missile (MPATGM) Weapon System represent a significant milestone in India’s defense capabilities. This state-of-the-art system, meticulously designed and developed by DRDO, underwent a series of rigorous field evaluations in various flight configurations to demonstrate its technological prowess and superiority.

Comprising the MPATGM, Launcher, Target Acquisition System, and Fire Control Unit, this comprehensive system has undergone multiple missile firing trials aimed at ensuring compliance with the stringent General Staff Qualitative Requirements mandated by the Indian Army. The recent Warhead Flight Trials, conducted at the Pokhran Field Firing Range in Rajasthan on April 13, 2024, marked yet another successful endeavor in this journey of innovation and excellence. Both the missile’s performance and the warhead capabilities showcased remarkable effectiveness, particularly in penetration trials against modern armor-protected Main Battle Tanks.

The successful MPATGM trials underscore India’s ascent as a global leader in defense innovation, bolstering self-reliance and national security.

One of the standout features of the MPATGM system is its versatility, equipped with day/night and top-attack capabilities, enhancing its effectiveness across a wide range of operational scenarios. Furthermore, the integration of a dual-mode seeker functionality significantly augments its capability in tank warfare, further solidifying its position as a cutting-edge defense solution.

The successful completion of technology development and demonstration now paves the way for Final User Evaluation Trials, bringing the system one step closer to its induction into the Indian Army’s arsenal. Defence Minister Shri Rajnath Singh commended both DRDO and the Indian Army for their collaborative efforts, recognizing this achievement as a significant stride towards achieving self-reliance in advanced defense technologies. Dr. Samir V Kamat, Secretary of the Department of Defence R&D and Chairman of DRDO, extended his congratulations to all teams involved in the trials, acknowledging their dedication and expertise in bringing this project to fruition.

In essence, the successful trials of the indigenous MPATGM Weapon System stand as a testament to India’s growing capabilities in defense technology and reaffirm the nation’s commitment to fostering innovation and self-sufficiency in the realm of national security. This milestone underscores the importance of continued investment in research and development to equip the armed forces with cutting-edge tools necessary to safeguard the nation’s sovereignty and security in an ever-evolving global landscape.

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