SOURCE: RAUNAK KUNDE / NEWS BEAT / IDRW.ORG
According to information provided by DRDO in its Annual Report for 2017, Man-Portable Anti-Tank Guided Missile (MPATGM) currently under development by DRDO successfully carried out pop-out tests to prove soft launch propulsion and the missile was also tested for Static TVC and separately tandem warheads trials are progressing as per reports.
MPATGM is a third generation Man-Portable Anti-Tank Missile to be used by Infantry and Parachute battalions of the Indian Army developed by State-owned DRDO in partnership with Private sector company VEM Technologies Ltd which is helping in sub-system manufacturing for the DRDO.
According to DRDO, MPATGM is a fire and forget 3rd generation Anti-tank developed to replace the second generation Milan and Konkurs ATGM procured from the Soviet Union and France in service with Indian Army.14.5kg MPATGM along with Detachable Command Launch Unit (CLU) will weight around 20kgs in carrying mode and has been in development from 2015 on fast track project mode due to lack of modern Man-Portable Anti-Tank Missile systems with the Indian Army.
According to VEM Technologies Ltd, Company has developed for the MPATGM program the Launch tube section, micro servos for the missile and VEM are also claiming it will be equivalent to American man-portable fire-and-forget FGM-148 Javelin anti-tank missile in terms of performance. MPATGM in its Final configuration is likely to be tested by end of this year after which series of developmental trials will begin before it is cleared for User trials in 2020.
ATGM Shortages in Indian Army
India’s anti-tank missile requirement is of around 44,000 ATGMs of different types . with an authorized holding strength of 81,206 ATGMs, present inventory is not even half of what Indian Army requires to fight a war dominantly.
India is likely to also place orders worth $500 million deal with Israel for the government-to-government purchase of around 4,500 Spike anti-tank guided missiles as an Interim measure before the indigenous solution is available for mass production.
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