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The helicopter-launched Anti-Tank Guided Missile (ATGM) 'Dhruvstra Helina' is expected to be received by the Indian Army and the Indian Air Force soon. DRDO on Monday test-fired the missile by launching it from an indigenous Advanced Light Helicopter at the Pokhran Firing Range under the supervision of both the armies. The 'HELINA' missile hit the simulated tank target directly and destroyed it. It is the third generation fire-and-forget class ATGM to be mounted on indigenously developed Advanced Light Helicopter (ALH). It has a minimum range of 500 meters and a maximum range of 7 kilometres.

Anti-tank guided missile test fired

Anti-tank guided missile 'Helina' launched from indigenously developed Advanced Light Helicopter (ALH) was successfully flight tested in high altitude areas on Monday. The test was conducted under the supervision of a team of scientists from Defense Research and Development (DRDO) along with a joint team of Indian Army and Indian Air Force.

It is one of the world's most advanced anti-tank weapons.

During the flight test, the missile successfully hit the simulated tank target. The test was witnessed by senior army commanders and senior scientists of DRDO. The missile is guided by an infrared imaging seeker which works in lock on mode before launch. It is one of the most advanced anti-tank weapons in the world.

Missile to be installed on indigenously advanced light helicopter

The Nag missile, which is launched from a helicopter, has been named 'Dhruvstra Helina' by increasing the range. It is to be launched from twin-tube stub wing-mounted launchers on HAL's Rudra and Light Combat Helicopters. Its structure is different from the Nag missile. Locked on a target was launched for the first time in 2011 to check the lock-on of the missile. A second target was given to hit during the flight, which was destroyed by the missile. Thus the missile demonstrated its ability to hit a suddenly changed target while in flight. On 13 July 2015, HAL conducted three tests from a Rudra helicopter at the Chandhan firing range in Jaisalmer, Rajasthan. The missiles managed to hit two targets at a distance of 7 km, while one missed.


After the completion of all development trials of Nag Anti-Tank Guided Missile (ATGM) 'Helina', the process of issuing 'Acceptance of Requirement' (AON) by the Army has started. The upgraded version of the missile is capable of hitting a range of 15-20 km. The Indian Air Force and Indian Army are conducting user trials along with DRDO. Now this missile is in straight and top attack mode, which is upgraded with new features. Defense Minister Rajnath Singh jointly congratulated DRDO and Indian Army for the first achievement. Dr. G. Satheesh Reddy, Secretary, Department of Defense Research and Development and Chairman, DRDO congratulated the teams for the commendable work done in difficult circumstances.

Helicopter-launched Helina Missile Helicopter

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