DRDO IS TO DEVELOP A MPATGM THRUST VECTOR CONTROL SYSTEM

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Fifteen thrust vector control systems are being developed by the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) for the Man Portable Anti-Tank Guided Missile (MPATGM). A third-generation “fire-and-forget” anti-tank guided missile (ATGM), the MPATGM tracks and follows targets using infrared light. Starting in 2022, the DRDO and the Indian defence contractor VEM Technologies Private Limited are working together to create the MPATGM. The Indian Air Force (IAF) plans to employ the MPATGM to intercept aerial threats with low RCS and great manoeuvrability.

Based on India’s Nag ATGM, the MPATGM is a third-generation fire-and-forget anti-tank guided missile (ATGM). It is being developed as of 2022 by the DRDO in collaboration with VEM Technologies Pvt Ltd, an Indian defence contractor.

The MPATGM is a passive weapon guidance system that tracks and follows targets by detecting their infrared light emissions. Infrared seeking missiles are commonly referred to as “heat-seekers” due to the powerful infrared radiation emitted by heated bodies. The capacity of an aircraft, rocket, or other vehicle to alter the direction of the thrust from its engines or motor(s) in order to regulate the vehicle’s attitude or angular velocity is known as thrust vectoring, or thrust vector control (TVC).

The lightweight, “fire and forget” MPATGM missile is fired from a man-portable launcher equipped with a thermal sight. The MPATGM was tested by the DRDO at a range in Southern India. The missile precisely hit and killed the target.

Using infrared light generated by a target, the MPATGM is a passive weapon guidance system that tracks and follows it. Because warm bodies actively reflect infrared light, missiles that employ infrared searching are frequently referred to as “heat-seekers”. Thrust vectoring, commonly referred to as thrust vector control (TVC), is the capacity of a vehicle, such as an aeroplane or rocket, to regulate its attitude or angular velocity by varying the direction of thrust from its engine or motors.

Launched from a man-portable launcher equipped with a thermal sight, the MPATGM is a lightweight, “fire and forget” missile. At a range in Southern India, the DRDO tested the MPATGM. The missile precisely hit and killed the target.

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