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The Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) that demonstrated the final deliverable configuration of the Man Portable Anti-Tank Guided Missile (MPATGM) last year is working to carry out further refinement in the anti-tank guided missile system to make it lighter.

MPATGM weighs 14.5 kg, with its command launch unit (CLU) weighing 14.25 kg which combines a laser designator with digital all-weather sight but DRDO now plans to reduce 10-20% weight to make it much more compact and improve mobility for soldiers.

DRDO claims that MPATGM with reduced weight should be ready in the next 2-3 years even though it is not clear if it was requested by the Indian Army or it was decided by the DRDO since similar classes of ATGM like American-made FGM-148 Javelin and Akeron MP developed by MBDA France have a weight of around 15kg.

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