India successfully tested Nag Anti-Tank Guided Missile (ATGM) and the variant of HELINA (Helicopter-launched NAG) Weapon System called ‘Dhruvastra’

Anti-Tank Guided Missile (ATGM) In a defence move, India tested the indigenous Anti-Tank Guided Missile (ATGM) Nag Anti-Tank Guided Missile (ATGM) and the variant of HELINA (Helicopter-launched NAG) Weapon System called ‘Dhruvastra’, which is tested for the Indian army and Indian Air Force (IAF) after clearing all the trials. Both missiles had been tested and developed by Defence Research and Development Organisation(DRDO) and manufactured by Bharat Dynamics Limited(BDL), whereas Nag is the surface-to-air missile and Dhruvastra is the air-to-surface missile.

India tested Anti-Tank Guided Missile (ATGM)

As per the trial done by defence officials from the Ministry of Defence, India had developed a helicopter-launched Anti-Tank Guided Missile ‘HELINA’ which missile is guided by an Imaging Infra-Red (IIR) Seeker operating in the Lock on Before Launch mode, whereas A variant of HELINA Weapon System called DHRUVASTRA is also being inducted into the Indian Air Force (IAF). The flight trials were conducted from an Advanced Light Helicopter (ALH), where the test included the firing and engaging of a simulated tank target. According to the DRDO official, the operational range of the Nag is up to 4 km and it is equipped with a high-explosive anti-tank (HEAT) warhead. The missile has a length of 1.834 m, a diameter of 0.158 m, and a weight of 44 kg, where Nag ATGM can be mounted to helicopters.

Key specifications of the NAG ATGM and the Helina (Dhruvastra) missile:

SpecificationNAG ATGM (Prospina)Helina (Dhruvastra)
TypeThird-generation ATGMAir-to-Surface Missile
Fire and Forget CapableYesYes
Launch PlatformGround-basedAdvanced Light Helicopter
Operational RangeUp to 4 kmUp to 7 km
Warhead TypeTandem HEATNot specified
Missile Length1.834 meters1.946 meters
Diameter0.158 meters0.150 meters
Weight~44 kilogramsNot specified
Seeker TypeImaging Infrared (IIR)High-Res IIR (LOBL)
Automatic Target TrackingNoYes (in adverse weather)
Guided Missile ProgramIGMDPNot specified

Anti-Tank Guided Missile (ATGM) tested

Which DRDO had developed an anti-tank missile capable of being launched from the helicopter?

The HELINA and Dhruvastra missile had been developed as anti-tank missiles capable of being launched from the helicopter by DRDO

Which country launched the HELINA missile?

India launched the HELINA missile