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

  1. The HELINA is a third-generation 'stain and forget' anti-tank missile (ATGM) system, which is installed on a modern light helicopter (ALH).
  2. 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.
  3. The HELINA missile can hit the target in both direct hit mode as well as top attack mode.
  4. The Nag generation missile was named HELINA because it was fired by helicopter.
  5. DRDO scientists claim that the missile is capable of accurately attacking its targets in all weather, day or night.
  6. Dhruvastra, a variant of the Helena Weapon System, has been inducted into the Indian Air Force.
  7. Previously, imaging infra-red (IIR) Sikar systems were successfully tested in anti-tank guided missiles Nag, HELINA and MPATGM.
  8. 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.