Anti-Tank Guided Missile ‘HELINA’ successfully test fired at Pokhran range

Aug 20, 2018 10:04 IST
Anti-Tank Guided Missile ‘HELINA’ successfully test fired at Pokhran range

Indigenously developed Helicopter launched Anti-Tank Guided Missile ‘HELINA’ was on August 19, 2018 successfully flight tested from Army Helicopter in the ranges of Pokhran. The test was conducted by the DRDO and the Indian Army.

The missile was tested for the full range of its weapon system. During the test, the ‘HELINA’ weapon system released smoothly from the launch platform and was successful in tracking the target all through its course and hit the target with high precision.

All the parameters were monitored by the telemetry stations, tracking systems and the Helicopters.

About Anti-Tank Guided Missile ‘HELINA’

  • The Helicopter-Launched NAG (HELINA) missile is the helicopter launched version of the NAG Missile.
  • It has been designed and developed indigenously for Indian Army under Integrated Guided Missile Development Programme (IGMDP).
  • It can be fired from Dhruv Advanced Light Helicopter (ALH) and HAL Rudra attack helicopter.
  • It works on “fire and forget” principle and operates in Lock on Before Launch mode.
  • The Missile is guided by an Infrared Imaging Seeker (IIR) along with integrated avionics.
  • It is one of the most advanced Anti-Tank Weapons in the world.

Flight test of guided bombs - Smart Anti-Airfield Weapons

Apart from conducting the flight test of HELINA Missile, the DRDO, along with Indian Air Force (IAF) and Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL), conducted the flight test of indigenously designed and developed guided bombs ‘Smart Anti Airfield Weapon’ (SAAW).

The SAAW guided bombs were successfully flight tested from IAF aircraft at Chandan range in Rajasthan. The weapon system was integrated with live warhead and destroyed the targets with high precision.

SAAW is capable of destroying variety of ground targets using precision navigation. The weapon has undergone eight developmental trials till date and performance of system for different ranges under multiple launch conditions has been demonstrated.


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