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Helina: An Aatmanirbhar Accomplishment of Advanced Anti-tank Weapon

A Made in India missile system Helina has passed the trials and is now ready for induction.

The missile system has been designed and developed indigenously by Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO). The successful Joint User Trials for Helina (Army Version) and Dhruvastra (Air Force Version) Missile Systems have been carried out from Advanced Light Helicopter (ALH) platform in desert ranges.

Here are the key highlights of Helina missile system:

  • It is one of the most-advanced anti-tank weapons in the world.
  • The Helina and Dhruvastra are third generation, Lock on Before Launch (LOBL) fire and forget Anti-Tank Guided Missiles that can engage targets both in direct hit mode as well as top attack mode.
  • The system has all-weather day and night capability, and can defeat battle tanks with conventional armour as well as with explosive reactive armour.

A report in Hindustan Times notes,

“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. While the Indian Apache Longbow helicopters are fitted with Hellfire missiles with over 10 kilometres range, the Helina is the Indian answer to a helicopter launched anti-armour missile. The significance of helicopter launched missile has assumed significance after the stand-off with the People’s Liberation Army (PLA) in east Ladakh with the China deploying a large number of armour and rocket regiments in the battle theatre. HELINA provides an option of taking down enemy tank beyond its range by using the fire and forget mode.”