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