The indigenously designed anti-tank guided missile ‘Helina’ was successfully flight-tested from an Advanced Light Helicopter today as part of ongoing user validation testing, according to the ministry of defence.
The demonstration was done at a high altitude range by teams from the Indian Air Force and Indian Army, as well as the Defence Research and Development Organisation. This is the second day in a row that a flight test has gone well.
The trial was conducted today for a variety of ranges and altitudes. According to the ministry, the missile accurately engaged the simulated tank target as planned.
Senior Army commanders and DRDO experts were present during the experiments. The flight-test showed consistent functioning of the entire system, including the Imaging Infrared Seeker, allowing the ‘Helina’ to be inducted into the Armed Forces.
Validation experiments of the ‘Helina’ were previously conducted in Pokhran, Rajasthan, demonstrating the missile’s efficacy in desert ranges.
The ‘Helina’ anti-tank guided missile is a third-generation, fire-and-forget missile that can engage targets in both direct hit and top assault modes. The system is capable of fighting battle tanks in any weather conditions, day and night, and can defeat them with both conventional and explosive reactive armour.