Balasore: – Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) tested the completely indigenous Anti-Tank Guided Missile, Dhruvastra, at Balasore in Odisha. Soon the missile will be inducted in the Indian Army and will be deployed on the Dhruv helicopters of the Army. The missile has been tested amid the tension on the India-China border.
DRDO conducted the tests of the Dhruvastra missile on 15th and 16th July. DRDO released a video of the tests. This missile was known by the name of Naag Missile (Helina). The power of the missile has been increased with certain modifications.
The range of Dhruvastra is 7 kilometres. This 1.9-metre-long missile weighs 45 kilograms. The missile can carry 8 kgs of explosives and can travel at 240 metres per second speed. This can precisely strike any tank. Following the launch, the missile continuously sends photographs of the terrain to the operator. This helps in firing the subsequent missiles.
The missile can be launched in any weather conditions, even in the night. The missile was first tested in the year 1990. More tests were conducted in 2001 and 2016. Thereafter, DRDO conducted three tests of the missile in the last year. Necessary measures are being taken against the background of the reigning tension with China. Therefore, efforts are on to get Dhruvastra inducted into the Indian Army at the earliest.