India on Monday efficiently test-fired the tank destroyer missile ‘Helina’ via a helicopter. “The take a look at was collectively performed by a workforce of scientists from Protection Analysis and Improvement Group (DRDO), Indian Military and Indian Air Pressure,” the Protection Ministry stated in an announcement. It stated the take a look at was performed in Rajasthan’s Pokhran vary from a complicated gentle helicopter and the missile was efficiently fired at a reproduction tank goal. The ministry stated the missile is guided by an ‘imaging infra-red’ talent system. “This (missile) is likely one of the most superior anti-tank weapons on this planet,” it stated.
Protection Minister Rajnath Singh congratulated DRDO and Indian Military for the primary achievement via joint effort. DRDO has efficiently developed a number of anti-tank missiles in its ‘Nag’ vary. The vary of the Nag missile may be anyplace between 500 meters to twenty km relying on its launch kind. The utmost velocity of those weapons is about 230 meters per second (828 km/h). The HELINA missile is a helicopter launched variant within the Nag vary. Helina is a 3rd era Hearth and Neglect class anti-tank guided missile.
On the identical time, it has an prolonged vary. Its launch system is mounted on HAL’s Rudra helicopter via the Rudrasta twin-launcher system. It can be mounted on HAL’s Gentle Fight Helicopters. Previous to the improve, the Nag was presupposed to be a ‘fire-and overlook’, lock-on-pre-launch missile.