On February 19, 2021, DRDO (Defence Research & Development Organization) successfully conducted the trials of HELINA (Helicopter Launched Nag) (Army version) & Dhruvastra (Air Force Version) of the Anti-Tank Guided Missiles (ATGM) from Advanced Light Helicopter (ALH) platform in Pokhran, Rajasthan.
- The Missiles have been developed indigenously byDRDO.
- The Missiles successfully completed Five Missions for evaluating the missile capabilities in minimum and maximum range.
- As they have completed the trials successfully, they will be ordered by the Indian Air Force & Indian Army for their Combat choppers.
- HELINA has a range of 7 Kms.
- It is a 3rd Generation, Lock on Before Launch (LOBL) Fire & Forget ATGMS.
- They can engage targets both in direct hit mode & top attack mode and is Guided by imaging infrared seekers.
- ATGMs are also equipped with all-weather day and night capability, they can defeat Tanks with both Conventional armour & Explosive Reactive armour.
- HELINA is one of the most-advanced anti-tank weapons in the world.
- HELINA (Army version) will be used in Indian Army’s ALHs such as ‘Rudra’, ‘Dhruv’ and in its Light Combat Helicopters (LCH) being built by HAL (Hindustan Aeronautics Limited).
Recent Related News:
i.On October 22, 2020 India successfully carried out the 10th and Final User Trial of Nag ATGM at Pokhran Field Firing Ranges, Rajasthan.
About Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO):
Chairman – Dr G Satheesh Reddy
Headquarters – New Delhi