New Delhi, July 21
India on Wednesday successfully conducted flight tests of its self-developed lightweight portable anti-tank guided missile (MPATGM).
The move is seen as an important boost for “Aatma Nirbhar Bharat” (Independent India) and a strengthening of the Indian army.
The missile was developed by the Defense Research and Development Organization (DRDO). The missile was fired from a portable launcher with built-in thermal and the target mimicked a tank.
The missile hit the target in direct attack mode, precisely destroying it. The test successfully validated the minimum range.
“All mission objectives have been achieved. The missile has already been successfully tested for maximum range,” DRDO said in a statement.
The rocket is equipped with a state-of-the-art miniaturized infrared viewfinder along with advanced avionics.
With the test, development of the domestic third-generation portable anti-tank guided missile is nearing completion.
Defense Minister Rajnath Singh congratulated DRDO and the industry on the successful test.
On Tuesday, DRDO had itself developed a high-strength metastable beta-titanium alloy that can be used in forging aerospace structures. The metal contains vanadium, iron and aluminum.
These alloys have recently been used by many industrialized nations as beneficial replacements for the relatively heavier traditional nickel-chromium-molybdenum structural steels in order to achieve weight savings.
According to DRDO, the high-strength beta titanium alloys are unique due to their higher strength, ductility, fatigue and fracture toughness, which makes them increasingly attractive for applications in aircraft construction. – IANS