HELINA (Helicopter based NAG)

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    • Recently, Nag Anti-Tank Guided Missile (ATGM), HELINA completed all trials.
    • The NAG missile is a third-generation anti-tank guided missile, which has top attack capabilities that can effectively engage and destroy all known enemy tanks day and night.

    About HELINA 

    • HELINA (Helicopter based NAG) is a third-generation fire and forget class anti-tank guided missile (ATGM) system mounted on the Advanced Light Helicopter (ALH)
    • The system has all-weather day and night capability and can defeat battle tanks with conventional armour as well as explosive reactive armour. 
    • It can engage targets both in direct hit mode as well as top attack mode. 
    • It is being developed indigenously,
    • HELINA Weapon Systems is being inducted into the Indian Army (IA). 
      • A variant of the HELINA Weapon System called DHRUVASTRA is being inducted into the Indian Air Force (IAF).
      • An Air Force version of Dhruvastra was also under development for which some trials had already been conducted. It would have an Air to Ground role other than an anti-tank role
    • It has a minimum range of 500 m and a maximum range of 7 km.

     

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    Source: TH