Indian Army tests Nag anti-tank missile from helicopter

12 July 2015 (Last Updated July 12th, 2015 18:30)

The Indian Army has test launched the domestically manufactured Nag anti-tank guided missile from a helicopter at the Chandhan firing range in Jaisalmer, Rajasthan, India.

The Indian Army has test launched the domestically manufactured Nag anti-tank guided missile from a helicopter at the Chandhan firing range in Jaisalmer, Rajasthan, India.

During the three-round trial, the helicopter-launched Nag (HeliNa) missile was required to strike targets at varied distances of up to 7km.

Unnamed defence sources said: "Two of the trials were successful in hitting the target, while one reportedly missed the target.

"Though, the observations are yet to be studied and analysed but this test has brought us closure to the objective certainly."

The missile is claimed to have successfully completed previous trials conducted from the Pokhran firing range in Rajasthan, and Integrated Test Range (ITR) at Chandipur, Odhisa.

In July 2013, seeker evaluation trials for third generation fire and forget missile was carried out in hot desert conditions at Pokhran.

"The observations are yet to be studied and analysed but this test has brought us closure to the objective."

Conducted against both moving and static targets for different ranges of 2.8km and 3.2km, the trials aimed to evaluate the performance of an improved version of the imaging infrared (IIR) seeker.

The IIR seeker proved to be accurate only up to 2.5km in extremely hot conditions during the previous trials, even though the missile has a maximum range of 4km.

Developed by the Defence Research and Development Organisation under the Integrated Guided Missile Development Programme, HELINA can target a tank 7km away, take the target image after travelling for 3km to 4km and destroy the tank.

After induction, the missile is scheduled to be integrated with the weaponised version of the Dhruv advanced light helicopter, and the light combat helicopter produced by Hindustan Aeronautics Limited.