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What is the News?
Defence Research and Development Organization(DRDO) along with the Indian Army and Air Force has successfully flight-tested “Helina” from an advanced light helicopter (ALH).
What is HELINA?
HELINA (Helicopter based NAG) is a third-generation fire and forget class anti-tank guided missile(ATGM) system mounted on the Advanced Light Helicopter(ALH).
Developed by: Defence Research and Development Laboratory(DRDL) – DRDO.
Key Features of HELINA
Range: It has a maximum range of 7 kilometres.
It has all-weather, day and night capability and can defeat battle tanks with conventional armour as well as explosive reactive armour.
It has been developed for integration with choppers in both the Army and the Air Force. The Air Force version of Helina is sometimes referred to as Dhruvastra.
The missile can engage targets both in direct hit mode as well as top attack mode.
The missile is guided by an Infrared Imaging Seeker(IIR) which makes it one of the most advanced Anti-Tank Weapons in the world.
Source: This post is based on the article “Anti-Tank Guided Missile ‘HELINA’ successfully flight tested” published in PIB on 11th April 2022.