India'sÂ Defense Research and Development Organization (DRDO) on Wednesday night conducted successful test firing ofÂ Man-Portable Anti Tank Guided Missile (MP-ATGM) in Rajasthan desert.
The MP-ATGM is being developed for infantry troops of the Indian Army. The DRDO carried out the trial of the missile with 2-3 km strike range last night.
The MPATGM is a third-generation anti-tank guided missile (ATGM), which has been under development by DRDO in partnership with Indian defense contractor VEM Technologies Ltd. since 2015. Fitted with a high-explosive anti-tank (HEAT) warhead, the MPATGM reportedly boasts a top attack capability and has a maximum engagement range of about 2.5 kilometers.
#WATCH: India successfully carried out trial of the Man Portable Anti Tank Guided Missile (MP-ATGM) being developed for infantry troops of the Army. The DRDO carried out the trial of the missile with 2-3 km strike range last night in Rajasthan desert. pic.twitter.com/fUcDj3Jlwwâ€” ANI (@ANI) March 14, 2019
It need be mentioned that Indian Army requires quite a substantial number of such missiles for its inventory and it would benefit all if the missile finally makes it indigenously.
DRDO has promised the Indian Army to hand over the first MPATGM prototype by the end of 2018 for user trials. Mass production of the missile is expected to begin in 2021.