In a major boost to India’s air defence capabilities, the DRDO successfully flight-tested the new generation low weight, fire and forget Man-Portable Antitank Guided Missile (MPATGM) on Wednesday. The missile is incorporated with a state-of-the-art miniaturized infrared imaging seeker along with advanced avionics.
The indigenous missile hit the target in direct attack mode and destroyed it with precision, meeting all the mission objectives. This was part of a homegrown project and boosted the ambition of the “Aatmanirbhar Bharat’ plan initiated by Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
DRDO flight-tests Akash Missile (Akash-NG)
Recording a second achievement, the DRDO additionally flight-tested the new generation surface-to-air Akash Missile (Akash-NG), off the coast of Odisha on Wednesday. During the test, the missile demonstrated the high manoeuvrability required for neutralising fast and agile aerial threats.
All weapon system elements such as Multifunction Radar, Command, Control & Communication System and launcher engaged during the deployment configuration. Akash Missile (Akash-NG) was the bi-product of DRDL and other DRDO laboratories.
India welcomes 4th batch of Rafale aircraft
In addition to the successful flight tests, India received its fourth batch of three Rafale aircraft from France. The three fighter jets arrived in India on Wednesday evening, after a direct ferry from Istres Air Base in France.