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The Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) of India has achieved a significant milestone in the field of defence technology, as it completed the developmental and joint user trials of the indigenous Helina and Dhruvastra Anti-Tank Guided Missiles (ATGMs). With these trials now concluded, the missile technology is ready to be transferred to a public sector company for mass production of these advanced ATGMs.

Helina and Dhruvastra ATGMs represent the Army and Air Force variants, respectively, of the Advanced Light Helicopter (ALH). It is noteworthy that Indian ALH-Rudra WSI (Weapon Systems Integrated) and LCH (Light Combat Helicopter) have been in service without ATGMs, as these missiles are typically regarded as the primary weapons of attack helicopters. However, the development and successful trials of Helina and Dhruvastra have the potential to revolutionize the capabilities of these aircraft.

This third-generation, Lock-on-Before-Launch (LOBL) fire-and-forget ATGMs are equipped with remarkable features, allowing them to engage targets in both direct hit and top attack modes. This versatility provides a significant tactical advantage during combat operations, ensuring precision strikes on enemy assets.

One of the most significant advantages of Helina and Dhruvastra is their all-weather, day-and-night capability, which enables efficient operations in various environmental conditions. These ATGMs can effectively neutralize battle tanks with conventional armour as well as those equipped with explosive reactive armour, making them a formidable asset in modern warfare scenarios.

With their successful completion of developmental and joint user trials, these indigenous ATGMs have garnered recognition as one of the most advanced anti-tank weapons in the world. This accomplishment reinforces India’s position as a major player in the global defence industry, showcasing its capability to develop cutting-edge defence technologies.

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