DRDO, Indian Navy flight-test Vertical Launch Short Range Surface-to-Air Missile off Odisha

India’s Defence Research & Development Organisation (DRDO) and Indian Navy have successfully flight tested Vertical Launch Short Range Surface-to-Air Missile (VL-SRSAM) from the Integrated Test Range (ITR), Chandipur off the coast of Odisha.

Illustration. Image Courtesy: PIB
Illustration. Image Courtesy: PIB

On 23 August, the flight test was carried out from an Indian naval ship against a high-speed unmanned aerial target for demonstration of vertical launch capability.

The missiles, equipped with indigenous radio frequency (RF) seeker, intercepted the target with high accuracy.

The VL-SRSAM system has been indigenously designed and developed by DRDO. 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.

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.

Secretary Department of Defence R&D & Chairman DRDO said that the trial has proved the effectiveness of the weapon system. He added that it will further strengthen the Indian Navy for neutralising various aerial threats at close ranges including sea-skimming targets.

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