The domestically developed, low weight portable anti-tank guided missile was fired Wednesday in a two test series. The missile is also known as MPATGM. A statement issued by the Indian Defence Ministry said: “The MPATGM incorporates advanced features including a state of the art imaging infrared radar seeker with integrated avionics.

“The missiles hit the designed targets precisely, at different ranges. All mission objectives have been met.”

Earlier in the week Indian defence scientists successfully test fired a guided Pinaka rocket.

The Pinaka rocket aims to fire precision strikes at ranges of up to 90 kilometres.

The MPATGM missile is fitted with a high explosive anti tank (HEAT) warhead and can hit a precise target within a 2.5 km radius.

Bharat Dynamics Limited (BDL) inaugurated a production facility last year to manufacture the MPATGM missile.

Mass production of the missile is expected to begin in 2021.

The Indian Government made a decision last year to scrap a £377.6million ($500million) deal for the Israeli Spike-MR and decided to produce its own MPATGM instead.


In recent days tensions between India and Pakistan have risen with Islamabad banning Indian film and television.

The Supreme Court judge who imposed the television ban said: “Who would want to watch Indian content when India is intruding the country’s boundaries?”

Pakistan last month shot down two Indian warplanes which had crossed into its side of Kashmir airspace.

Pakistan then launched air strikes at six target in Indian-administered Kashmir, according to Pakistani military.

This occurred a day after an Indian aircraft reportedly launched air raids on Pakistani territory.

Pakistan has banned Bollywood before, from 1965 to 2005 – lasting 40 years. The plan was put in place during its conflict with India.

At the time the Pakistani movie industry went into decline with hundreds of film theatres across the country closing and converted into malls or wedding halls.

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