Indian Army’s helicopter launched ATGM Helina completes all trials

September 21, 2021 (Last Updated September 21st, 2021 12:47)

Helina is designed to support both mechanised infantry and airborne forces of the Indian Army.

Indian Army’s helicopter launched ATGM Helina completes all trials
A closeup of the Nag missile warhead showing the seeker head. Credit: Ajai Shukla, uploaded by Sniperz11 / WikiCommons.

India’s Defence Research and Development Laboratory (DRDL) in Hyderabad has reportedly completed all trials of the locally developed helicopter-launched Nag anti-tank guided missile (ATGM), Helina.

DRDL Hyderabad Helina and Dhruvastra project director Dr Sachin Sood told The Hindu that the process for Acceptance of Necessity (AoN) issuance has already been initiated by the army.

The request for proposal (RFP) will be issued post the AON issuance, reported the publication.

Dr Sachin Sood was quoted as saying: “The launcher and missile are ready. There is some human-machine interface (HMI) to be realised, which are going on now.”

The helicopter-based Nag ATGM is a third-generation fire-and-forget class ATGM developed by India’s state-owned Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO).

Featuring an all-weather day and night capability, it is designed to support the Indian Army’s mechanised infantry and airborne forces.

The air-launched missile system, guided by an infrared imaging seeker (IIR), can hit a target with a minimum range of 500m and a maximum range of 7km.

In February 2021, the joint user trials for Helina and Dhruvastra missile systems were carried out.

Commenting on the trials, Sood told the publication: “Final configuration with warhead demonstrated good penetration into the target. Other operational missions like minimum range were also demonstrated.”

In July last year, India tested Dhruvastra ATGM, which underwent three flight trials at the Integrated Test Range in Odisha’s Chandipur.