Last update: August 23, 2022, 3:59 PM HST
The Defense Research and Development Organization (DRDO) and the Indian Navy successfully tested the locally designed and developed Short Range Vertical Launch Surface-to-Air Missile (VL-SRSAM) from the test range on Tuesday. (ITR) at Chandipur off the coast of Odisha. The flight test was conducted from a naval vessel against a high-speed unmanned aerial target for demonstration of vertical launch capability.
In an official statement, the Ministry of Defense said: “The missiles, equipped with an indigenous radio frequency (RF) seeker, intercepted the target with high accuracy.”
During the test launch, the vehicle’s flight path and performance parameters were monitored using flight data, captured by various ranging instruments such as radar, electro-optical tracking system (EOTS) and telemetry systems deployed by ITR in Chandipur.
“The launch was monitored by senior scientists from various DRDO laboratories involved in the design and development of the system, such as the Defense Research and Development Laboratory (DRDL), the Imarat Research Center (RCI) at Hyderabad and R&D engineers in Pune,” the statement read. .
Complimenting the DRDO, Indian Navy and associated teams, Defense Minister Rajnath Singh said the missile will prove to be a force multiplier for the Indian Navy.
The Secretary of the Department of Defense R&D and Chairman DRDO also congratulated the teams involved in the successful flight test and said the test had proven the effectiveness of the weapon system. “This will further strengthen the Indian Navy to neutralize various close-range airborne threats, including skimming targets,” the Ministry of Defense said.
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