Tirals for Helina & Dhruvastra carried out

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  • February 22, 2021
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Tirals for Helina & Dhruvastra carried out

Part of: GS Prelims and GS – III – Defence and Security

In news

  • Joint User Trials for the ‘Helina’, and ‘Dhruvastra’ have been carried out from Advanced Light Helicopter (ALH) platform in desert ranges.
  • Helina is helicopter-launched version of the Nag anti-tank guided missile. 
  • ‘Dhruvastra’ is its Air Force variant. 

Key takeaways 


  • Helina is a third-generation, Lock on Before Launch (LOBL) fire and forget class anti-tank guided missile (ATGM) system. 
  • It has all- weather day and night operational capabilities. 
  • It can defeat battle tanks with conventional and explosive reactive armour (ERA). 
  • It can engage targets both in direct hit mode as well as top attack mode.
  • Dhruvastra has similar properties as well. 
  • However, it is developed by the DRDO 

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