Anti-Tank Guided Missile: India Successfully Test-Fires 'Helina', Target can be Changed after Launch

India on Monday successfully tested an anti-tank guided missile 'Helina' from an indigenous helicopter. Helina destroyed the simulated tank during an experiment.
Anti-Tank Guided Missile: India Successfully Test-Fires 'Helina', Target can be Changed after Launch
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Anti-Tank Guided Missile: India successfully tested the Helina anti-tank guided missile from an indigenous helicopter on Monday. During a trial at the Pokhran shooting range near Jaisalmer, Helina destroyed a mock tank. The Helina missile has a range of 7 kilometres and can carry up to 8 kg of explosives, making it an outstanding strike missile. The Indian Army and Air Force are set to test Helina, an anti-tank guided missile (ATGM) that will be launched from a helicopter.

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Helina was successfully tested in high altitude zones

Helina was successfully tested in high altitude zones after being launched from an indigenous advanced light chopper. A joint team of the Indian Army and Indian Air Force, as well as scientists from the Defence Research and Development Organization (DRDO), were present. This new missile is guided by an infrared imaging seeker, which operates in lock-on mode before launch. Helina is an anti-tank guided missile that is one of the most advanced in the world. The Helina missile is 6 feet long and 7.9 inches in diameter, weighing roughly 45 kg.

Helina missile
Helina missile

The Nag missile to be launched from a helicopter has been given the name 'Dhruvastar Helina' by increasing the range. This missile has been launched from twin-tube stub wing-mounted launchers on HAL's Rudra and Light Combat helicopters. The target was changed after the launch of the missile during a test at Pokhran and it successfully destroyed the target. As a result, the missile demonstrated its ability to hit a suddenly changed target during the flight.

Helina missile is capable of attacking in any weather day or night

Helina missile is capable of attacking in any weather day or night
Helina missile is capable of attacking in any weather day or night

HAL had previously performed three Helina missile tests from a Rudra chopper at Jaisalmer's Chandan firing range on July 13, 2015. After that, the missile was able to hit two targets at a distance of 7 kilometres. The Dhruvastra Helina is a third-generation 'launch and forget' anti-tank guided missile (ATGM) mounted on an advanced light helicopter. This missile can attack in any weather condition.

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