Defence Sector – DPP, Missions, Schemes, Security Forces, etc.

[pib] Successful Flight Tests of Smart Anti Airfield Weapon (SAAW) and ATGM ‘HELINA’PIBPrelims Only


Mains Paper 3: Science & Technology | Indigenization of technology & developing new technology

From UPSC perspective, the following things are important:

Prelims level: Smart Anti Airfield Weapon, ATGM ‘HELINA’

Mains level: Defense production in India


Smart Anti Airfield Weapon (SAAW)

  1. Indigenously designed and developed guided bombs Smart Anti Airfield Weapon (SAAW) were successfully flight tested from IAF aircraft at Chandan range.
  2. The weapon system was integrated with live warhead and has destroyed the targets with high precision. The telemetry and tracking systems captured all the mission events.
  3. This weapon is capable of destroying variety of ground targets using precision navigation.
  4. The weapon has undergone eight developmental trials till date and performance of system for different ranges under multiple launch conditions has been demonstrated.


  1. Indigenously developed Helicopter launched Anti-Tank Guided Missile ‘HELINA’ has been successfully flight tested from Army Helicopter at 1400hrs in the ranges of Pokhran.
  2. The weapon system has been tested for its full range.
  3. The ‘HELINA’ weapon system released smoothly from the launch platform has tracked the target all through its course and hit the target with high precision.
  4. All the parameters have been monitored by the telemetry stations, tracking systems and the Helicopters.
  5. The Missile is guided by an Infrared Imaging Seeker (IIR) operating in the Lock on Before Launch mode.
  6. It is one of the most advanced Anti-Tank Weapons in the world.

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