Joint User Trials for Helina and Dhruvastra Missile Systems have been carried out from Advanced Light Helicopter (ALH) platform in desert ranges. Helina Missile is the Army Version and Dhruvastra Missile is Air Force Version. The user trials were conducted in the Pokhran Firing Range, Rajasthan. The missile systems have been designed and developed indigenously by the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO).
Five missions were carried out for evaluating the missile capabilities in minimum and maximum range. The missiles were fired in hover and max forward flight against realistic static and moving targets. Some missions were carried out with warheads against derelict tanks. A mission was carried out against a moving target from a forward flying helicopter.
The Helina and Dhruvastra are the third generation, Lock on Before Launch (LOBL) fire and forget Anti-Tank Guided Missiles that can engage targets both in direct hit mode as well as top attack mode. The system has all-weather day and night capability and can defeat battle tanks with conventional armour as well as with explosive reactive armour. It is one of the most advanced anti-tank weapons in the world. Now, the missile systems are ready for induction.
Raksha Mantri Shri Rajnath Singh congratulated DRDO, the Army and the Air Force for the achievements of Helina and Dhruvastra Missile Systems. Secretary Department of Defence R&D and Chairman DRDO Dr G Satheesh Reddy appreciated the efforts of teams involved in the successful trials.