India’s Defense Research and Development Organization (DRDO) conducted the first successful test firing of a new indigenously designed and developed man-portable anti-tank guided missile (MPATGM) at the Ahmednagar test range in the western Indian state of Maharashtra
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.
The Indian Army needs over 40,000 missiles for its infantry and mechanized units. While it has rejected the US-built Javelin system, a formal decision on the procurement of the Israeli SPIKE system is awaited.