India’s HeliNa anti-tank missile hits 2 out of 3 targets

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  1. Neeraj Mathur

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    India’s HeliNa anti-tank missile hits 2 out of 3 targets\

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    For the first time, an indigenously developed anti-tank guided missile (ATGM) has been successfully test-fired from a helicopter platform. The anti-tank guided missile 'HeliNa', which is a helicopter-launched version of Nag, has been developed by the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO). Three 'HeliNa' missiles were fired during the guided flight trials at Chandan firing range in Jaisalmer. Vara Prasad, project director for HeliNa, said that out of the three test-fires, HeliNas hit the target twice.

    "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. It may be mentioned here that in a hot fire trial, a missile is actually fired against a real target unlike in a captive trial.

    The HeliNa is handled by the missile handling unit of Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL). The earlier trials of this third generation 'fire and forget' missile, though lagging behind its schedule, were conducted from the Pokhran firing range. It is one of the five missile systems developed by DRDO under the integrated guided missile development programme (IGMDP).

    "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.

    These trials have been conducted for a range of seven kilometres and the data collected during these test-fires is being analysed and evaluated.
     
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  3. blueblood

    blueblood Senior Member Senior Member

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    Whoooooohooooo They hit the target twice. Whoooohoooooo
     
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    Awesome!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
     
  5. tejas warrior

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    2/3 is not a good result i think !!
     
  6. Satybharat

    Satybharat Regular Member

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    Great....it should be called HeliNag
     
  7. Neeraj Mathur

    Neeraj Mathur Regular Member

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    all the previous test were unsuccessful so 2on 3 is good
     
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    Its improving, zero - 2/3, We can hope that further improvements would assure a complete kill ratio.
     
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    Hari Sud Senior Member Senior Member

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    I would say two out of three, the missile is ready for service.
     
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    Sorry, we need to be minimum 90% hit ratio in short range for sure.
    Interesting thing will be to know why it failed and can DRDO fix it.. Not a concern for now as its development trial not user trial..
     
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    3 targets maybe not enough,
    they should trial with 5 targets then it will know what is hit ratio.
     
  12. Yumdoot

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    With just the Rudra Mk4 and LCH numbers ordered in the 200+ category and both kinds carrying 8 Helinas each, I think we can live with 66% hit ratio. Though a near 100% would undoubtedly be more fun and cheaper, but very very challenging.

    Then there would be the American helos that carry 16 Hellfires each.

    So after the Al Khalids are greeted you can move onto Pindi to say goodmorning at every General's window.
     
  13. ezsasa

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    Basic question.....

    Can Helina be used as bunker busters? I mean something like Americans striking targets using their drones.
     

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