HELINA launched from Dhruv
Four HELINA anti-tank missiles were launched from Advanced Light Helicopter (ALH) Dhruv helicopter in the Rajasthan sector on 19 February 2021, Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) said. The HELINA anti-tank missiles were test-fired during the joint user trials by the Indian Army and Indian Air Force (IAF).
Features of HELINA Missile
- The HELINA is a third-generation 'stain and forget' anti-tank missile (ATGM) system, which is installed on a modern light helicopter (ALH).
- It is capable of reaching its target of over 7 km. It can destroy warhead tanks with conventional weapons as well as explosive reactive weapons.
- The HELINA missile can hit the target in both direct hit mode as well as top attack mode.
- The Nag generation missile was named HELINA because it was fired by helicopter.
- DRDO scientists claim that the missile is capable of accurately attacking its targets in all weather, day or night.
- Dhruvastra, a variant of the Helena Weapon System, has been inducted into the Indian Air Force.
- Previously, imaging infra-red (IIR) Sikar systems were successfully tested in anti-tank guided missiles Nag, HELINA and MPATGM.
- Nag Missile is now compared with the Wire Guided HJ-8 or Hongjian-8 system of the People's Liberation Army (PLA) of China and the BARQ laser-guided missile developed by Pakistan.