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Highlights:

  • IAF launched 4 HELINA anti-tank missiles successfully in Rajasthan.
  • This is a major boost for the Indian Army.
  • The four missions were carried out for evaluating missile capabilities in a minimum and maximum range of 7 km.
  • The officials added that the weapon system has all-weather day and night capability.

Today, four HELINA anti-tank missiles have been successfully launched from Advanced Light Helicopter (ALH) Dhruv helicopter in the Rajasthan sector. This is a major boost for the Indian Army.

A statement released by the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) revealed that the four missions were carried out for evaluating missile capabilities in a minimum and maximum range of 7 km. Reportedly, the final mission was carried out with a warhead missile against a derelict tank. “All the objectives of the mission have been achieved,” said an official.

During the joint user trials by the Indian Army and Indian Air Force (IAF), the HELINA anti-tank missiles were test-fired. HELINA is said to be the third generation, lock-on before launch (LOBL) fire and forget anti-tank guided missile with both TOP attack and Direct attack capability. It has a maximum range capability of 7+ km.

Eight HELINA missiles can be integrated onto ALH-WSI (Rudra), four on either side. “A twin-launcher capable of carrying two HELINA missiles is designed and there are four such launchers in full configuration, two on either side of the helicopter armament boom,” the officials informed.

Furthermore, the officials added that the weapon system has all-weather day and night capability. It can also defeat battle tanks with conventional armor as well as explosive reactive armor. 

Previously, Dhurvastra a variant of HELINA Weapon System was inducted into the IAF. Earlier, Imaging Infra-Red (IIR) Seeker systems were successfully flight-tested in Anti-Tank Guided Missiles Nag, HELINA, and MPATGM.

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