The Defence Research & Development Organisation (DRDO)-developed Man Portable Anti-Tank Guided Missile was successfully fired in the desert ranges of Rajasthan. Defence Ministry sources informed that the missile launched from the shoulder is low weight, fire and forget, and was fired successfully.
The indigenously developed missile has many advanced features like a state-of-the-art imaging infrared radar seeker with integrated avionics. All the missile objectives have been met in both the missions with the missiles hitting designated targets precisely at different ranges.
The programme director for this missile developed is V.S.N. Murthy and the project director is K.E. Kapadia. The entire operation was under the direction of Director General of Missile Strategic Systems M.S.R. Prasad, defence sources added.
- The Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) is an agency of the Government of India, charged with the military’s research and development, headquartered in New Delhi, India.
- It was formed in 1958 by the merger of the Technical Development Establishment and the Directorate of Technical Development and Production with the Defence Science Organisation.
- It is under the administrative control of the Ministry of Defence, Government of India.
- DRDO started its first major project in surface-to-air missiles (SAM) known as Project Indigo in 1960s. Indigo was discontinued in later years without achieving full success.