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DRDO flight tests Man Portable Anti-Tank Guided Missile (MPATGM)

Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO), the government agency charged with the military’s research and development, successfully flight tested indigenously developed low weight, fire and forget Man Portable Antitank Guided Missile (MPATGM) in ranges of Kurnool in Andhra Pradesh (AP).

Test Highlights

The missile was launched from a man portable Tripod launcher and target was mimicking a functional tank.

In a major boost for Indian Army, all the mission objectives were met as missile hit the target in top attack mode and destroyed it with precision.

This is 3rd series of successful testing of MPATGM. Thus the test paves way for Indian Army to have developed 3rd generation MPATGM indigenously.

About Man Portable Antitank Guided Missile (MPATGM)

It is an Indian 3rd-generation fire-and-forget anti-tank guided missile. The missile is derived from Nag ATGM of India.

Currently it is developed by Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) in partnership with Indian defence contractor VEM Technologies Private Limited.

MPATGM is incorporated with state-of-the-art Infrared Imaging Seeker along with advanced avionics.

Features:

Mass- 14.5 kg

Length- 1,300 mm (4 ft 3 in)

Warhead- High-explosive anti-tank warhead

Operational range- 2.5 km

Anti-tank Missile Helina Flight Tested

The Helicopter-launched anti-tank missile Helina was successfully test fired from the Integrated Test Range in Chandipur in Balasore district of Odisha.

Features of Helina-Anti Tank Missile

The important features of the Helicopter-launched anti-tank missile Helaina are:

  • Helina is the indigenously designed and built missile system.
  • Helina is the air-launched variant of the Nag, a fire-and-forget ATGM with an estimated range of 4 kilometers.
  • Helina’s range is estimated at between 7 to 8 kilometres.
  • Helina is guided by an infrared imaging seeker (IIR) operating in the lock-on before-launch mode and helps in further strengthening the defence capabilities of the country.
  • The infrared imaging seeker (IIR) technology is also indigenously developed and has been demonstrated in the NAG anti-tank guided missile system.
  • Helina is launched from twin-tube stub wing-mounted launchers on board Hindustan Aeronautics Limited’s (HAL) Light Combat Helicopter (LCH) and Dhruv Advanced Light Helicopters (ALH).

Helina is one of the most advanced anti-tank weapons in the world. The production and induction of the Helina missiles are likely to happen in 2019.