The Indian Air Force has completed live testing of Helina, an India-developed helicopter-launched Anti-Tank Guided Missile.
According to the Indian Defense Ministry, the test flight took place on April 11 in Pokhran, Rajasthan, and was part of user verification tests. Developed by India’s Defense Research and Development Laboratory (DRDL), HELINA has been undergoing user trials since 2018.
, ATGM HELINA was successfully flight tested today at “high-altitude” from ALH. These are in continuation of the verification tests conducted at Pokhran. pic.twitter.com/hS9rBIuQnq
— OSINT Updates ? (@OsintUpdates) 11 April 2022
In the test, the Helina missile was launched from an Advanced Light Helicopter (ALH) and successfully engaged a simulated target tank.
The missile has a range of seven kilometers and is guided by an Infrared Imager (IIR) which is operating in lockdown mode before launch. The Indian Defense Ministry has described the missile as “one of the world’s most advanced anti-tank weapons”.