Context: Recently, India successfully conducted two rounds of helicopter-launched Nag missile (HeliNa), renamed as ‘Dhruvastra’.

About Dhruvastra

  • It is developed by Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO).
  • It is an anti-tank guided missile meant to be launched from a helicopter.
  • HeliNa has been named after the Advanced Light Helicopter (ALH) Dhruv.
  • Fitted with imaging Infra-Red seeker, Dhruvastra operates in ‘lock-on before launch mode’.
  • It can be fired in two different modes – direct attack and top attack.
  • It can be launched from twin-tube stub wing-mounted launchers on board the armed light combat helicopters and advanced light helicopters.

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