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.
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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.