“Dhruvastra”-An anti guided missile, successfully test-fired by India.

“Dhruvastra”-An anti guided missile, successfully test-fired by India.

AUGUST 1,2020.

India successfully conducted the flight trial of Dhruvastra anti-guided missile at the Interim Test Range of Odisha on July 22, 2020. Defense Research and Development Organisation conducts flight trials of the anti-tank guided Nag Missile (HELINA), which has been named now as Dhruvastra in the wake of ongoing border tensions between India and China. On July 15-16, The trials were carried out in direct and top attack mode.

Dhruvastra is known as the third-generation, fire-and-forget, anti-tank guided missile. It is designed to support both the Mechanised Infantry as well as the airborne forces of the Indian Army. It has the quality that it can be launched from land and air-based platforms.

The land version of this missile is already available for the integration of the Nag missile carrier (NAMICA), said by informed sources. It has been derived from a BMP-2 infantry combat vehicle, which is currently deployed in the Ladakh area.

The missile is specially designed for launch from a helicopter in the helicopter-launched configuration. After successfully completing the trials, it can be fired from the RUDRA Advanced Light Helicopter (ALH WSI), as well as DHRUV (ALH ) attack helicopter. The Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) made both these helicopters in India

The missile has an advanced passive homing guidance system possessing high single-shot hit probability. It has the quality to hit the new age Main Battle Tanks and other heavy armored vehicles. This missile has been developed under the Integrated Guided Missile Development Program (IGMDP) by DRDO. Agni, Akash, Trishul, and Prithvi have also been developed under IGMDP. Imaging infrared seekers for the weapon has developed by Bharat Dynamics (BDL).

The NAG was test-fired for the first time in 1990. In 2001, the missile was launched from a tube in programmed control mode at the ITR. Tests on the HELINA were carried out at the Chandan Firing Range located in Rajasthan in 2015. Again in 2016, the test was carried out with a modified seeker which hit a thermal target system (TTS) at a range of 4km.
It has four wings which are foldable and have a length of 1.85m, with a diameter of 0.20m, wingspan is 0.4m, and weighs 43kg. It has been built with lightweight and high-strength composite materials. It has automatic target detection and tracking capabilities because there is a real-time image processor and has fast and efficient algorithms.
The missile can reach up to 7km in Lock On Before Launch (LOBL) mode whether the range of the land version is 4km. With the help of 4 twin launchers, eight missiles can be attached to the Helicopter.
The missie HELINA can be fired in two ways, one is Direct and the other is Top attack. It has a warhead penetration capability of 800 mm. Due to this, the missile can defeat futuristic armor also. An indigenously developed Imaging Infra-Red seeker has imparted the fire and forget capability to it.

“Dhruvastra”-An anti guided missile, successfully test-fired by India.

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