Awesome clip of India’s own anti-tank guided missile HELINA in its final round of successful tests. The weapon system stands cleared to arm the Army’s attack helicopters. pic.twitter.com/XFuWW1AoFv
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India successfully tested the indigenously developed anti-tank guided missile systems ‘Helina’ and ‘Dhruvastra,’ said officials.
The Ministry of Defence has said that these missiles are one of the most sophisticated anti-tank weapons in the world.
“The system has the all-weather day-and-night capability and can defeat battle tanks with conventional armour as well as with explosive reactive armour. It is one of the most advanced anti-tank weapons in the world,” said the Ministry.
It claimed that five missions were carried out to test the capabilities of missiles at a minimum and maximum range. Missiles were shot in hover and max forward flight against realistic, static, moving targets. Some operations were carried out with warheads against wrecked tanks. A mission was carried out against a moving target from a forward flying helicopter,” said the Ministry in a statement.
‘Helina’ and ‘Dhruvastra’ are third generation anti-tank guided missiles that can engage targets in both direct impact mode and top attack mode.
The Ministry said the joint user trials of Helina (Army version) and Dhruvastra (IAF version) were carried out on the Advanced Light Helicopter (ALH) platform.
Missile systems have been planned and developed indigenously by the Military Research and Development Agency (DRDO).
Defence Minister Rajnath Singh congratulated DRDO, the Army and the Indian Air Force on the good conduct of consumer trials.
DRDO Chairman G Satheesh Reddy welcomed the contributions of the teams participating in the successful trials.