Anti-Tank Guided Missile ‘HELINA’ : Successfully Tested
Indigenously developed helicopter launched Anti-Tank Guided Missile ‘HELINA’ was successfully flight tested on April 11, 2022 at high-altitude ranges as part of user validation trials.
- 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 has a maximum range of seven kilometers and has been designed and developed for integration on weaponized version of the ALH.
- Helina can engage targets both in direct hit mode as well as top attack mode.
- In the top attack mode, the missile is required to climb sharply after launch and travel at a certain altitude and then plunge on the top of the target.
- In the direct hit mode, the missile travels at a lower altitude, directly striking the target.