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September 17, 2018

Indian Army conducts twin tests of DRDO-built MPATGM weapon system

The Indian Army has successfully conducted the first and second flight tests of its newly developed man portable anti-tank guided missile (MPATGM).

The Indian Army has successfully conducted the first and second flight tests of its newly developed man portable anti-tank guided missile (MPATGM).

The twin tests on the indigenously built low-weight missile were carried out on two consecutive days at the army’s Ahmednagar range in Maharashtra, India.

Once deployed into service, the anti-tank guided missiles will enable the Indian Army to attack and destroy hostile tanks in the battlefield.

The flight trials were conducted in association with the missile manufacturer Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) to demonstrate the MPATGM’s ability to be launched from different ranges, including testing the weapon’s maximum range capability.

According to a statement by the Indian Defence Ministry, all the mission objectives of the two trials have been successfully met.

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“According to a statement by the Indian Defence Ministry, all the mission objectives of the two trials have been successfully met.”

Indian Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman congratulated the team from DRDO, the Indian Army and other associated industries for the successful completion of the two missile launches.

MPATGM is a third-generation anti-tank missile that has been designed to replace the Indian Army’s second-generation Milan and Konkurs ATGMs.

The 14.5kg fire-and-forget weapon system, equipped with a detachable command launch unit (CLU), will weigh approximately 20kg in carrying mode, reported idrw.org.

With an operational range between 200m and 2.5km, the missile features a single kill probability of more than 90%, in addition to soft launch capabilities.

VEM Technologies is manufacturing the missile sub-systems for the weapon system.

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