Man Portable Anti-Tank Guided Missile – MPATGM
An indigenously developed Man Portable Anti-Tank Guided Missile (MPATGM) was successfully flight tested for the second time from Ahmednagar test range on 16th September, 2018.
It has been developed by the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO).
“All the mission objectives have been met. The two missions on September 15 and 16 have been successfully flight tested for different ranges, including the maximum range capability,” the DRDO said in a statement.
This low-weight MPATGM will complement the Spike Anti-Tank Guided Missile to be procured from Israel.
Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman congratulated the DRDO team, the Army and associated industries on their success.
Man Portable Anti-Tank Guided Missile (MPATGM)
Man-portable anti-tank systems (MANPATS or MPATS) are shoulder-launched anti-tank rockets. They are typically unguided weapons and are a threat to armored vehicles, low-flying aircraft (especially helicopters), and field fortifications.
Generally MANPATS fall into three distinct categories.
The first consist of a small, disposable preloaded launch tube firing a high explosive anti-tank warhead operated by a single soldier.
The second is a firing system onto /into which a rocket is loaded, operated by a single soldier.
The third are manufactured prepacked and issued as a single unit of ammunition with the launcher discarded after a single use.