Sunday, May 8, 2011

Dhruv choppers to be equipped with missiles

Marking a major step forward in technology development, India is expected to equip indigenously-built Dhruv helicopters with missiles in two years as part of an ambitious missile-development programme.

The guided air-to-ground HELINA, an upgraded version of Nag anti-tank missile, is being indigenously developed by the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) and will be in the final stages and ready for user trials in 2013.

"For the first time, we are developing indigenously a missile called HELINA for being deployed on the weaponised version of the ALH Dhruv helicopter," DRDO chief V K Saraswat told PTI in an interview.

Under the programme, propulsion systems of the NAG missile have been strengthened and they would be able to take out enemy tanks from a range of seven to eight kms

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