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  • 22 July, 2021

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Lightweight anti-tank missile tested by DRDO

Lightweight anti-tank missile tested by DRDO

A new generation of Akash surface-to-air missile was recently flight-tested by the DRDO from an integrated test range off the Odisha coast along with an indigenously developed low weight man-portable anti-tank guided missile.

  • The new variant of the Akash missile (Akash-NG) has a slightly better range compared to the original version that can strike targets at a distance of around 25 km.

What is Man-Portable Anti Tank Guided Missile?

  • The MPATGM is a third-generation anti-tank guided missile (ATGM), which has been developed by DRDO in partnership with Indian defense contractor VEM Technologies Ltd.
  • Fitted with a high-explosive anti-tank (HEAT) warhead, the MPATGM boasts a top attack capability and has a maximum engagement range of about 2.5 kilometers..
  • Design and development of MPATGM weapon system is undertaken for deployment by Infantry and Parachute Battalions of the Indian Army.
  • MPATGM will complement the Spike Anti-Tank Guided Missile to be procured from Israel.

Anti-tank Guided Missile (ATGM)

The primary purpose of ATGM is to destroy enemy tanks and armoured vehicles.

Nag

  • It is a third-generation, fire-and-forget, anti-tank guided missile to support both mechanised infantry and airborne forces of the Indian Army.
  • The Nag missile was indigenously developed under the Indian Ministry of Defence’s integrated guided missile development programme (IGMDP), which also involved the development of four other missiles that are Agni, Akash, Trishul and Prithvi.
  • A passive imaging infrared (IIR) homing seeker guides the missile to the target after its launch in all lighting conditions.
  • Nag can be launched from land and air-based platforms.
  • Helicopter launched variant of Nag: The helicopter-launched configuration, designated as helicopter-launched NAG (HELINA), can be fired from Dhruv advanced light helicopter (ALH) and HAL Rudra (ALH WSI) attack helicopter.

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