India’s Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) has conducted the flight tests of Man Portable Antitank Guided Missile (MPATGM) and the New Generation Akash Missile (Akash-NG).
Both missiles were launched on 21 July. Akash-NG was fired from DRDO’s integrated test range (ITR) in Chandipur, Odisha, India.
It was conducted from a land-based platform with all weapon system elements, including multifunction radar, command, control, and communication (C3) system and a launcher.
To capture flight data, ITR centre deployed several Range stations such as, electro-optical tracking system (EOTS), radar and telemetry systems.
The Indian Ministry of Defence (MoD) noted that the weapon system showcased high manoeuvrability needed for neutralising aerial threats.
Bharat Electronics Limited (BEL) and Bharat Dynamics Limited (BDL) also took part in the test trials.
Akash was developed by DRDO as part of the integrated guided-missile development programme (IGMDP). The missile was introduced into the Indian Army as a short-range surface-to-air missile (SRSAM).
The missile will be a major boost to the Indian Air Force’s (IAF) air defence capabilities.
Separately, the indigenously developed low weight, fire and forget MPATGM was launched from a troop-portable launcher integrated with a thermal site.
This missile hit a mimicking tank target in direct attack mode and destroyed it.
The test, which met all mission objectives, validated the minimum range of the missile.
MPATGM features a miniaturised infrared imaging seeker and advanced avionics.
Indian Defence Minister Rajnath Singh has congratulated DRDO and the industry for both the successful flight tests.