The Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) had first revealed the development of an MPDMS (Man-Portable Defensive Missile System) last year and now has learned that short-range air defence missile system will also have a Helicopter version used as an air-to-air weapon with 2 missiles on each module that will replace the Mistral-2 ATAM (Air to Air Mistral) from French company MBDA on Light Combat Helicopter (LCH) and ALH-Rudra WSI at a later stage.

DRDO also has plans to develop man-portable air defense mounted on an automatic fire control with FCR or EO system for Naval warships to neutralize aerial threats. Other than the man-portable version it is also expected that the missile will also come with a Mounting system to be used on light vehicles that can be manually operated.

As previously reported by, DRDO’s MPDMS is the most advanced MANPAD under development in the world and Hyderabad-based Grene Robotics is developing an Autonomous MANPAD Data Link (ADML) system, which will bring isolated man-portable air-man-portable air-defense system (MANPAD) operators into a networked environment.

state-owned aerospace and defense company Bharat Electronics (BEL) has started the process of fabrication of the first 5 prototypes. MPDMS weighing less than 20 kgs, will come with fire and forget capability and the capability to engage aerial targets by day and night with an effective range of 6kms, and height of engagement over 3.5kms.

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