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Man-Portable Anti-Tank Guided Missile                                                

12th January, 2022 Security and Defence

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Context: India's Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) successfully flight tested Man-Portable Anti-Tank Guided Missile.


About Man-Portable Anti-Tank Guided Missile:


Developed by: It is indigenously developed by DRDO.


  • It is an Indian third-generation, low weight fire-and-forget anti-tank guided missile derived from Nag ATGM.


About Nag missile:

  • It is an Indian third-generation, all-weather, fire-and-forget, lock-on after launch, anti-tank guided missile (ATGM).
  • It is also called "Prospina" for the land-attack version.
  • It is developed under the Integrated Guided Missile Development Program (IGMDP), run by DRDO.
  • Manufactured by: Bharat Dynamics Limited (BDL).
  • Specifications:
    • Has night strike capabilities.
    • Has a minimum range of 500 metres and maximum range of four kilometres.
    • Uses an imaging infra-red seeker to lock on to the target before launch.
  • It is fit for deployment across India’s frontiers in both eastern and western theatre.


Nag variants that are under development:

  • A land version, for a mast-mounted system; the helicopter-launched Nag (HELINA);
  • A "man-portable" version (MPATGM);
  • The Nag Missile Carrier (NAMICA) "tank buster".
  • SANT or Standoff Anti-tank Guided Missile is a fourth generation upgraded variant of HELINA missile developed for long distance airborne anti-armour role.