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The Instrumentation Research & Development Establishment (IRDE), Dehradun, has successfully conducted flight trials of the Target Acquisition System (TAS) for the Man Portable Anti-Tank Guided Missile (MPATGM) at the Pokhran Field Firing Range (PFFR). The trials, held on April 12-13, 2024, demonstrated the capabilities of the TAS, along with Aerosol LiDAR and Cloud LiDAR systems (MS-3 and MS-10).

During the demonstration, users meticulously evaluated the received signals from the LiDAR systems. The performance and features of both the Aerosol LiDAR and Cloud LiDAR systems were appreciated, meeting all required specifications and proving suitable for installation and further trials at their sites.

The TAS, designed by IRDE for the MPATGM, is a sophisticated multi-sensor system comprising a Mid-Wave Infrared (MWIR) Thermal Imager, a Day Camera, and an Eye Safe Laser Range Finder (LRF). Mounted on a portable launcher, the TAS is employed for day/night surveillance, target acquisition, and missile firing.

The range evaluation trials for the TAS, conducted as per General Staff Qualitative Requirements (GSQR), included both day and night assessments. The system achieved successful detection, recognition, and identification ranges against front-side and broadside tank targets:

  • Detection Range: 4500 meters
  • Recognition Range: 3500 meters
  • Identification Range: 2500 meters

Each component of the TAS—Thermal Imager, Day Camera, and LRF—underwent thorough evaluation during the trials. The Thermal Imager’s performance was notably excellent across all ranges, both day and night. The LRF demonstrated consistent range performance throughout the trials, while the Day Camera also performed satisfactorily.

The success of these trials marks a significant milestone in the development of the TAS for the MPATGM. The IRDE’s innovative design and the system’s proven capabilities highlight its potential for enhancing the operational effectiveness of India’s defense forces.

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