The Indian Army has successfully flight tested the indigenously built, helicopter launched, anti-tank guided missile (ATGM) Helina in the desert areas of Pokhran, Rajasthan.

Launched from an Indian Army helicopter, the Helina weapon system has been tested for its full range.

During the trial, the weapon system was released smoothly from the launch platform, following which the missile successfully tracked the target all through its course before hitting it with high precision.

All parameters of the flight test have been monitored by the telemetry stations, tracking systems and the helicopters deployed by the Indian Army.

In a statement, an army official was quoted by The Times of India as saying: “This is path-breaking. Today, were able to hit the target which was 5km away.

“This is path-breaking. Today, were able to hit the target which was 5km away.”

“We are next going to try 7km. This is the first time that it has been done in the country.

“It’s extremely efficient in combat situations.”

Developed by Indian Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO), the Helina helicopter launched ATGM is claimed to be one of the most advanced anti-tank weapons in the world.

The missile is guided by an Infrared Imaging Seeker (IIR) operating in the Lock on Before Launch mode and helps in further strengthening the defence capabilities of the country.

The Helina system is the helicopter-launched version of India’s NAG missile and has a hit range of 7km to 8km.

The development and induction of the Helina missile is expected to be carried out next year, reported The Hindu Business Line.