Helicopter-launched anti-tank missile ‘HELINA’ is all set for induction

Helicopter-launched anti-tank missile ‘HELINA’ is all set for induction

The helicopter launched Nag anti-tank guided missile namely HELINA is ready for induction into the armed forces. The infra-red missile has got 100 percent success at the test firing trials at Pokhran ranges in Rajasthan. This induction will be a major boost to the government’s Aatmanirbhar Bharat campaign.

Helena is a solid propelled anti-tank weapon with a range of over seven kilometres. The South Block sources said that it was tested for the past five days. The fire and forget missile was successful in hitting the target five out of five times at the range. Hence it is now ready for induction on HAL Rudra and light combat helicopters.

According to the sources, it is one of the most-advanced anti-tank weapons in the world.

The importance of helicopter launched missile was realised after China deployed a large number of armour and rocket regiments in east Ladakh, amidst the standoff between India and People’s Liberation Army (PLA).


Helena missile is a third-generation anti-tank weapon developed by the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) under the integrated guided missile development programme (IGMDP).

The missile is guided by an infrared imaging seeker (IIR).

It operates in the lock-on before-launch mode. It locks its target before it releases. After locating the enemy tanks, the missile operators capture the thermal reference image and lock it in the seeker system of the missile. The missile is launched towards the locked target with this reference image. While moving towards the target at a high speed, the missile keeps capturing target images and cross-check it simultaneously with the reference image.

It is comparable with the wire-guided HJ-8 or Hongjian-8 system with the People’s Liberation Army (PLA) and BARQ laser-guided missile developed by Pakistan.

It has an all weather day and night capability.

It can take down enemy tanks with conventional and explosive reactive armour.

Dhruvastra is the IAF version of HELENA.

It will help in bolstering the defence capabilities of India.

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