DRDO and Indian Army Tested HeliNa Anti-Tank Guided Missile from HAL Rudra Helicopter 140715

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DRDO and Indian Army Tested HeliNa Anti-Tank Guided Missile from HAL Rudra Helicopter
The Indian Army and Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) successfully test-fired the new HeliNa anti-tank guided missile from a HAL Rudra helicopter. Out of the 3 HeliNa (which is a helicopter-launched version of Nag) that were fired, two hit their targets according to Vara Prasad, project director for HeliNa.
     
The Indian Army and Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) successfully test-fired the new HeliNa anti-tank guided missile from a HAL Rudra helicopter. Out of the 3 HeliNa (which is a helicopter-launched version of Nag) that were fired, two hit their targets according to Vara Prasad, project director for HeliNa.HeliNa anti-tank missile test fired from Rudra Helicopter
     
"The observations are yet to be evaluated," said Prasad, adding that these development trials would pave the way for the 'deliverable stage' in the near future. These missiles were fired from HAL Rudra, also known as ALH WSI, the armed version of HAL Dhruv.

Officials said the trials were conducted for a range of seven kilometres this time.

"The previous trials were conducted for a strike range of four kilometres. The evaluation trials were carried out for the anti-tank missile in the hot desert conditions. The trials were against both moving and static targets for different ranges till seven kilometres to evaluate the performance of an improved version of 'IIR seeker' for engaging and striking the target. The HeliNa has an extended strike range of about eight kilometres," said an official.

The HeliNa is based on the Nag missile. Nag missile is a third generation fire-and-forget anti-tank missile with top attack capability. Nag missile has a range of 4 kilometers and equipped with imaging infra red seeker, lock-on-before launch capability with the seeker tracking the target before the launch. The advanced HeliNa version will use a nose-mounted millimetric-wave active radar seeker.
 

 

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