India successfully test fires Helina, Dhruvastra anti-tank guided missiles

Defence Research and Development Organisation has successfully carried out joint user trials of indigenously developed Helina and Dhruvastra Anti-Tank Guided Missiles (ATGM) from the Advanced Light Helicopter at the Pokhran deserts in Rajasthan. Helena is the Army version and Dhruvastra is the Air Force version of the ALH. The missile systems have been designed and developed indigenously by the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO).

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Key Features:

  • The Helina and Dhruvastra are the third generation, “Lock-on-Before-Launch (LOBL)” fire and forget ATGMs that can engage targets both indirect hit mode as well as top attack mode.
  • The missile systems have all-weather day-and-night capability.
  • They can defeat battle tanks with conventional armour as well as with explosive reactive armour.
  • It is one of the most advanced anti-tank weapons in the world.

Important takeaways for all competitive exams:

  • Defence Research and Development  & Chairman DRDO: Dr G Satheesh Reddy.
  • DRDO Headquarters: New Delhi.
  • DRDO Established: 1958.

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