Successful MPATGM Warhead Flight Trials Conducted by Indian Army and DRDO

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The Indian Army and DRDO recently conducted successful warhead flight trials of the Man Portable Anti-tank Guided Missile (MPATGM) Weapon System on April 13, 2024, at the Pokhran Field Firing Range in Rajasthan.

An Overview of the News

  • Components of the MPATGM Weapon system include the MPATGM itself, Launcher, Target Acquisition System (TAS), and Fire Control Unit (FCU).

  • MPATGM was developed domestically by DRDO in collaboration with VEM Technologies Private Limited, based in Hyderabad, Telangana.

  • The trials aimed at meeting the operational requirements specified in the General Staff Qualitative Requirements (Infantry, Indian Army), covering the complete operational envelope.

  • Successful penetration trials of the Tandem Warhead System of MPATGM were also conducted during these trials.

Key Features of MPATGM:

  • The missile is approximately 1.3 meters long with a diameter of around 0.12 meters.

  • It has a strike range of 2.5 kilometers and weighs about 14.5 kilograms.

  • Equipped with a modern Infrared Imaging Seeker and advanced avionics.

Manufacturing Location:

  • Bharat Dynamics Limited (BDL) in Bhanoor, Telangana, is designated for its manufacturing.

About DRDO

  • It serves as the Research and Development (R&D) arm of the Ministry of Defence (MoD).

  • Chairman  -  Dr. Samir Venkatpati Kamat

  • HQ - New Delhi, Delhi

  • Founded - 1958

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