India conducts 2nd high-altitude flight-test of ATGM Helina

New Delhi, April 12 : India conducted successful flight test of Anti Tank Guided Missile Helina for a second consecutive day on Tuesday from an indigenously-developed Advanced Light Helicopter at high-altitude ranges. “As part of the ongoing user validation trials, indigenously developed Anti Tank Guided Missile Helina was again successfully flight-tested from Advanced Light Helicopter on April 12, 2022. Teams of Indian Air Force and Indian Army, along with Defence Research and Development Organisation conducted the trial at the high altitude range,” Defence Ministry said. This is the second successful flight-test in successive days, it added. “Today’s trial was carried out for different range and altitude. As per the plan, the missile engaged the simulated tank target accurately,” the ministry added. The trials were witnessed by senior Army Commanders and scientists of DRDO. With the flight test, consistent performance of the complete system including Imaging Infra-Red Seeker has been established, which will enable the induction of the Helina into the armed forces, the ministry said. Earlier, validation trials of the Helina were conducted at Pokhran in Rajasthan, which proved the efficacy of the missile in desert ranges. Helina is the third generation, fire and forget Anti Tank Guided Missile 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. ASU SHK1819

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