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India successfully Test Fired ‘Dhruvastra’ ATGM

Published on July 23, 2020
Current Context: India successfully carried out the firing test of indigenous Anti-tank Guided Missile (ATGM) named as ‘Dhruvastra’.
India successfully Test Fired ‘Dhruvastra’ ATGM

  • The ‘Dhruvastra’ ATGM was formerly known as HELINA (Helicopter Launched Nag Missile). Hence it is termed as Helicopter version of ‘Nag Helina’.
  • The test-firing was conducted by DRDO (Defence Research and Development Organisation) at Chandipur, Odisha.
  • To observe the working and operation of ‘Dhruvastra’, firing test was conducted in direct and top attack mode.
  • ‘Dhruvastra’, a variant of Helina weapon system is being inducted into Indian Air Force (IAF).
  • It is having a maximum range capability of 7km in LOBL (Lock On Before Launch) mode.
  • It is having warhead penetration capability of 800mm.
  • Image Infra-Red Seeker provides fire and forgets capability to ‘Dhruvastra’.
  • It can support 4 twin launchers and can be attached to 8 missiles.
  • It is developed under IGMDP (Integrated Guided Missile Development Programme) of DRDO.
  • Static Part: 
    • HQ of DRDO: New Delhi
    • Chairman of DRDO: G Sathesh Reddy


Q.1 Where was Anti-tank Guided Missile (ATGM) named as ‘Dhruvastra’ test-fired by India?
a. Andhra Pradesh
b. Odisha
c. Andaman and Nicobar islands
d. Goa

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