India Navy, DRDO Test Vertical Launch Short Range Surface-To-Air Missile Capable Of Destroying Sea-Skimming Targets
India on Tuesday (23 August) successfully test fired the Vertical Launch Short Range Surface-to-Air Missile (VL-SRSAM) from an Indian Navy warship off the coast of Odisha.
The test was conducted jointly by Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) and the Indian Navy from the Integrated Test Range (ITR), Chandipur off the Odisha coast.
The VL-SRSAM system has been indigenously designed and developed by DRDO and is capable of neutralising aerial threats at close ranges, including sea-skimming targets. Sea-skimming is the practice of flying low, close to the surface of the water, to avoid detection.
"The flight test was carried out from an Indian Naval Ship against a high-speed unmanned aerial target for demonstration of vertical launch capability," Defence Ministry said in a statement.
The missiles, equipped with indigenous Radio Frequency (RF) seeker, intercepted the target with high accuracy, the ministry said.
"During the test launch, flight path and vehicle performance parameters were monitored using flight data, captured by various Range instruments such as Radar, Electro-optical tracking system (EOTS) and Telemetry systems deployed by ITR, Chandipur," it added.
The launch was monitored by senior scientists from various DRDO labs involved in the design and development of the system such as Defence Research & Development Laboratory (DRDL), Research Centre Imarat (RCI), Hyderabad and R&D Engineers, Pune, the ministry said.
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