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‘HELINA’ ANTI-TANK GUIDED MISSILE

Context 

On April 12, 2022, Helina, the Nag missile's helicopter-launched Anti-Tank Guided Missile (ATGM), was tested. Following a successful test in Pokhran's desert region on April 11, 2022, the testing was carried out in the country's northern high-altitude mountain regions.

Key Points

  • The test was part of ongoing user validation studies for this missile's third-generation 'fire-and-forget' class missile.
  • The Defence Research and Development Organization created this missile (DRDO).
  • During testing, the missile engaged a simulated tank target with pinpoint accuracy.
  • The test was seen by DRDO scientists as well as senior Army commanders.
  • This missile has been designed to work with the Air Force and the Army's helicopters.
  • The name Dhruvastra is sometimes used to refer to the Air Force variant of this missile.
  • The missile's characteristics
  • This missile system can be launched at any time or night and can kill tanks with both conventional and explosive reactive armour. The missile can engage targets in both top assault and direct strike modes.

Attack Mode at Its Finest

  • In this mode, the missile climbs swiftly after launch, travels at a specific altitude, and then plunges to the target's top.

Mode of Direct Hit

  • The missile travels at a lower height and strikes the target directly in this mode.

The missile's range

  • This missile has a maximum range of seven kilometres and was created and planned to be fitted into the weaponized variant of the ALH (Advanced Light Helicopter).

Various other anti-tank missiles

  • The DRDO has also developed Helina MPATGM, Nag, laser Guided ATGM for MBT Arjun, and SANT anti-tank missiles (Smart Stand-off Anti-Tank Missile).

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