On April 11, 2022, the Anti-Tank Guided Missile ‘HELINA’ was successfully flight-tested at high-altitude ranges from an indigenously-developed helicopter. As part of the user validation trials, scientists from the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO), the Indian Army, and the Indian Air Force conducted a flight test.
The missile was successfully fired at a simulated tank target during flight trials from an Advanced Light Helicopter (ALH). An Infrared Imaging Seeker (IIR) working in the Lock on Before Launch mode guides the missile. It is one of the world’s most advanced anti-tank weapons.
Proof of efficacy at high altitudes, in addition to the Pokhran validation testing, clear the door for its incorporation on ALH. Proof of capability at high altitudes, in addition to the Pokhran validation testing, clear the door for its incorporation on ALH. Senior Army officers and DRDO experts were present during the experiments.
Rajnath Singh congratulated the DRDO and the Indian Army on their first joint success. Dr. G Satheesh Reddy, Secretary of the Department of Defense R&D and Chairman of the DRDO, praised the teams for their outstanding performance under difficult conditions.