India has tested a locally developed anti-tank guided missile (ATGM) system called Dhruvastra.
The ATGM underwent three flight trials at the Integrated Test Range in Odisha’s Chandipur.
Developed by the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO), the helicopter-launched Dhruvastra is designed to destroy enemy battle tanks, armoured vehicles and bunkers.
However, the tests were carried out in direct and top attack mode from the ground using a launcher, Times Now reported citing news agency ANI. The missile has reportedly met the required criteria while detailed analysis is underway.
Dhruvastra is designed as a customised and updated version of the ‘Nag Helina’ range of DRDO’s anti-tank destroyers.
Such ATGMs are used to destroy both medium and long-range targets. These missiles utilise laser, TV cameras and other forms of guidance systems to locate the target.
The induction of Dhruvastra will enhance the capabilities of the Indian Armed Forces. The missile first penetrates the tank’s outer explosive reactive armour, following which, its main charge detonates to destroy the vehicle’s inner armour.
Notably, the testing comes as India is engaged in a military standoff with China in Ladakh.
Recently, it was reported that the Indian Army is planning to deploy drones to monitor borders along the line of actual control (LAC) in eastern Ladakh.
DRDO has developed a high-altitude drone called Bharat for this purpose.