DRDO Helina, Dhruvastra ATGM: India’s apex defence research organisation DRDO conducted joint user trials for Helina and Dhruvastra anti-tank guided missile systems from HAL’s Advanced Light Helicopter (ALH) platform in desert ranges. The anti-tank guided missile (ATGM) has been designed and developed indigenously by the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO).
In all five test-firings were conducted for evaluating the missile capabilities in minimum and maximum range.
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The missiles were fired in hover and max forward flight against realistic static and moving targets.
Some missions were carried out with warheads against derelict tanks. A mission was carried out against a moving target from a forward flying helicopter.
The Helina and Dhruvastra are the third generation, Lock on Before Launch (LOBL) fire and forget Anti-Tank Guided Missiles that can engage targets both indirect hit mode as well as top attack mode.
The system has all-weather day and night capability and 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. Now, the missile systems are ready for induction.
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