Anti-Tank Guided Missile ‘HELINA’ successfully flight-tested by DRDO

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Anti-Tank Guided Missile ‘HELINA’ successfully flight-tested by DRDO

  • Anti-Tank Guided Missile ‘HELINA’, launched from an indigenously-developed helicopter, was successfully flight-tested at high-altitude ranges
  • The flight-test was jointly conducted by the teams of scientists of Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO), Indian Army and Indian Air Force, as part of the user validation trials.


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  • It is helicopter-launched versions of third-generation anti-tank guided missiles (the Nag missile system)
  • It is capable of defeating battle tanks with conventional armour and explosive reactive armour in all weather conditions.
  • It have been designed and developed indigenously by the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO)
  • It is guided by an Infrared Imaging Seeker (IIR) operating in the Lock on Before Launch mode.
  • It is one of the most advanced Anti-Tank weapons in the world
  • Operation: It has the ability to engage targets in both direct hit and top attack modes.
    • Top Attack Mode: After launch, the missile must climb swiftly and travel at a predetermined altitude before plunging on top of the target.
    • Direct Attack Mode: The missile descends to a lower height and strikes the target directly.

Anti-Tank Missile(ATGM)

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  • It is a guided missile primarily designed to hit and destroy heavily armoured military vehicles, which can be transported by a single soldier

Other ATGMs developed in India

  • Amogha-1

    • Range: 2.8km.
    • It is under development by Bharat Dynamics at Hyderabad.
    • It is the maiden missile designed and tested by Bharat Dynamics and will be produced in two versions.
    • The land version has already been tested.
  • Nag Missile

    • It is also known as 'Prospina' for the land-attack version,
    • It is Indian third-generation, all-weather, fire and forget, anti-tank guided missile
    • Range: 500m to 20km
    • It have a ten-year maintenance-free shelf life.
    • It can be launched from land and air-based platforms.
    • The land version is currently available for integration on the Nag missile carrier (NAMICA).
    • It has been developed by the DRDO under the Integrated Guided Missile Development Program

Exam Track

Prelims Take away

  • NAAG
  • ATGM
  • Amogha