New Delhi: India successfully tested its indigenously-developed anti-tank guided missile systems – Helina and Dhruvastra – from an airborne platform on Friday. The missile systems were designed and developed by the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO).Also Read - Watch: India Test Fires BrahMos Supersonic Cruise Missile Land-Attack Version
Joint user trials for Helina, the Army version, and Dhruvastra, the Air Force version, were carried out from the Advanced Light Helicopter (ALH) platform in the desert ranges. Also Read - IAF Successfully Test Fires BrahMos Surface-to-surface Missile From Mobile Platform
Five missions were carried out for evaluating the missile capabilities in minimum and maximum ranges, the DRDO said. Also Read - North Korea Test Fires Submarine-Launched Missile Days Before Nuclear Talks With US
The missiles were fired in hover and maximum forward flight against realistic static and moving targets. Watch the video of Helina anti-tank missile system’s trial below:
“Some missions were carried out with warheads against derelict tanks. A mission was carried out against a moving target from a forward flying helicopter,” DRDO said.
The Helina and Dhruvastra are third generation, Lock on Before Launch (LOBL) fire and forget Anti-Tank Guided Missiles that can engage targets both in direct hit mode as well as top attack mode.
One of the most advanced anti-tank operations in the world, the missile system has all-weather day and night capability and can defeat battle tanks with conventional armour as well as with explosive reactive armour. Now, it is ready for induction into the armed forces.
Defence Minister Rajnath Singh congratulated DRDO, the Army and Air Force for the achievements.
(With IANS inputs)