Indigenously developed helicopter launched Anti-Tank Guided Missile HELINA was successfully flight tested at high-altitude ranges as part of user validation trials.
About HELINA Missile
- The flight-test was jointly conducted by the teams of scientists from Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO), Indian Army and Indian Air Force (IAF).
- The flight trials were conducted from an Advanced Light Helicopter (ALH) and the missile was fired successfully engaging simulated tank target.
- The missile is guided by an Imaging Infra-Red (IIR) Seeker operating in the Lock on Before Launch mode.
- It is one of the most advanced anti-tank weapons in the world.
- HELINA (Helicopter-based NAG) is a third-generation anti-tank guided missile (ATGM) system.
- It can engage targets both in direct hit mode as well as top attack mode.
- The system has all-weather day and night capability and can defeat battle tanks with conventional armour as well as with explosive reactive armour.
- It has been developed for integration with choppers in both the Indian Army and the Air Force.
- In the direct-hit mode, the missile travels at a lower altitude, directly striking the target.
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