Anti-tank missile, guided bombs, successfully test fired in Rajasthan

Helina (Helicopter Launched Anti-Tank Guided Missile) successfully test fired

Indigenously designed and developed guided bombs Smart Anti Airfield Weapon (SAAW) and anti-tank guided missile, Helina, were successfully tested from different firing ranges in Rajasthan on Sunday.

Senior officials from DRDO, HAL and Indian Air Force participated and witnessed the flight tests.

The Helina (Helicopter Launched Anti-Tank Guided) missile was successfully flight tested from an Army Helicopter in the ranges of Pokhran. The weapon system was tested for its full range and was released smoothly from the launch platform. It tracked the target all through its course and hit the target with high precision. All the parameters were monitored by the telemetry stations, tracking systems and the helicopters.

The Missile is guided by an Infrared Imaging Seeker (IIR) operating in the Lock on Before Launch mode. It is one of the most advanced Anti-Tank Weapons in the world. Senior officials from DRDO and Indian Army were present during the mission.

The SAAW, which was also fired on Sunday at Chandan range, was integrated with a live warhead and destroyed the targets with high precision. The telemetry and tracking systems captured all the mission events. It is capable of destroying a variety of ground targets using precision navigation.

A total of three tests with different release conditions were conducted during August 16-18 and all the mission objectives have been achieved.

The weapon has undergone eight developmental trials till date and performance of the system for different ranges under multiple launch conditions has been demonstrated.

Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman congratulated the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO), the Indian Air Force (IAF), Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) and the Indian Army on the successful tests and said that it will further strengthen the defence capabilities of the country.

(with ANI inputs)

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