ATGM Nag Current Affairs - 2020

DRDO flight tests Man Portable Anti-Tank Guided Missile (MPATGM)

Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO), the government agency charged with the military’s research and development, successfully flight tested indigenously developed low weight, fire and forget Man Portable Antitank Guided Missile (MPATGM) in ranges of Kurnool in Andhra Pradesh (AP).

Test Highlights

The missile was launched from a man portable Tripod launcher and target was mimicking a functional tank.

In a major boost for Indian Army, all the mission objectives were met as missile hit the target in top attack mode and destroyed it with precision.

This is 3rd series of successful testing of MPATGM. Thus the test paves way for Indian Army to have developed 3rd generation MPATGM indigenously.

About Man Portable Antitank Guided Missile (MPATGM)

It is an Indian 3rd-generation fire-and-forget anti-tank guided missile. The missile is derived from Nag ATGM of India.

Currently it is developed by Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) in partnership with Indian defence contractor VEM Technologies Private Limited.

MPATGM is incorporated with state-of-the-art Infrared Imaging Seeker along with advanced avionics.


Mass- 14.5 kg

Length- 1,300 mm (4 ft 3 in)

Warhead- High-explosive anti-tank warhead

Operational range- 2.5 km

DRDO chief Satheesh Reddy conferred Missile Systems Award

Aerospace scientist and Chief of the Defence Research Development Organisation (DRDO), G Satheesh Reddy has been conferred the Missile Systems Award 2019 by the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics.

Satheesh Reddy shares the award with Rondell J. Wilson, a former Principal Engineering Fellow of Raytheon Missile Systems. He is the first Indian and first person outside the USA to be awarded this prestigious award in nearly four decades.

Satheesh Reddy

  • Satheesh Reddy is the Scientific Adviser to the Defence Minister and is considered the architect of advanced missile technologies and smart guided weapons technologies in India.
  • Satheesh Reddy was the Project Director for the design and development of the country’s first 1,000 kg class guided bomb which has enhanced precision strike capabilities.
  • Satheesh Reddy is also the first scientist from India to receive the Silver Medal from the Royal Aeronautical Society, London.
  • Satheesh Reddy has also played a key role in the development of some key systems, including tactical missile systems such as the quick reaction surface-to-air missile, the portable anti-tank guided missile and the HELINA and NAG anti-tank weapons.

American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics

American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) is a professional society of Aerospace Engineers. AIAA aims to ignite and celebrate aerospace ingenuity and collaboration, and its importance to our way of life.

The Missile Systems Award recognises excellence in developing or implementing missile systems technology, including significant technological accomplishments or for inspired leadership of missile systems programmes.