In February of this year, India secretly tested of a new submarine-launched cruise missile (SLCM) that is currently in development.
"The DRDO is developing a submarine-launched cruise missile with land attack and ship attack variants. The missile was testfired in February this year at a range of 402 kilometres and it achieved all mission objectives in the test," news agency ANI has reported.
The missile boasts a range of 500 kilometers and reportedly covered a distance of 402 kilometers during the February test.
Measuring 5.6 meters in length, with a diameter of 505 millimeters and an all-up weight of 975 kilograms, this cruise missile is being designed in two distinct variants: one for land attack and the other for anti-ship operations.
According to the Defence Research and Development Organisation, critical technologies such as thrust vector control, in-flight wing deployment, and in-flight engine start have been successfully validated. Trust vector control will play a pivotal role in manoeuvring the missile onto the target plane.
The SLCM is being developed for the new Air Independent Propulsion-equipped conventional submarines to be built in India.
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