India’s Anti-Tank Guided Missile Dhruvastra Test-Fired Successfully In Odisha

The flight trials of the helicopter-launched Nag Missile ‘Dhruvastra’, were conducted on 15 and 16 July.

Jessica David

July 22, 2020

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The flight trials of India’s anti-tank guided missile ‘Dhruvastra’ were successfully conducted at the Interim Test Range (ITR) in Odisha recently. According to reports, the trials of the helicopter-launched NAG Missile (HELINA), which has now been named ‘Dhruvastra’ anti-tank guided missile, were conducted in direct and top attack mode on July 15 and 16. The trial was conducted without a helicopter. HELINA is third-generation fire-and-forget class anti-tank guided missile (ATGM) system mounted on the Advance Light Helicopter (ALH).

The system has all-weather day and night capability and can defeat battle tanks with conventional armour as well as explosive reactive armour. Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO), last year, carried out three successful test firings of the NAG missiles in the Pokhran firing ranges. It was done after the Defence Acquisition Council approved the procurement of DRDO-designed and developed NAG Missile System (NAMIS) at the cost of Rs 524 crore.

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