The DRDO has successfully flight tested the indigenously developed HELINA (Helicopter-Launched Anti-Tank Guided Missile) system at Pokhran in Rajasthan, sources said.
Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman congratulated the DRDO and the Indian Army for further strengthening the defence capabilities of the country with the successful test.
“The weapon system has been tested for its full range. The HELINA weapon system released smoothly from the launch platform and tracked the target all through its course before hitting it with high precision,” stated an official release.
The missile is guided by an Infrared Imaging Seeker operating in the Lock-on-Before-Launch mode. It is one of the most advanced anti-tank weapons in the world.
The weapon is capable of destroying a variety of ground targets using precision navigation. A total of three tests with different release conditions were conducted during August 16 to 18 and all the mission objectives have been achieved.
The weapon has undergone eight developmental trials so far and performance of the system for different ranges under multiple launch conditions has been demonstrated.
Senior officials from DRDO, Indian Army, Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) and Indian Air Force (IAF) participated and witnessed the respective flight tests.