The vehicle's flight path and health parameters were monitored using several tracking instruments deployed by ITR, Chandipur. All sub-systems performed as per expectation.
New Delhi: India on Tuesday (December 7) successfully test-fired the Vertically Launched-Short Range Surface-to-Air Missile (VL-SRSAM) off the coast of Odisha, Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) officials said on Tuesday.
The launch was conducted from a vertical launcher against an electronic target at a very low altitude. The vehicle's flight path and health parameters were monitored using several tracking instruments deployed by ITR, Chandipur. All sub-systems performed as per expectation.
Today's system launch was conducted to validate the integrated operation of all weapon system components, including the vertical launcher unit with controller, canisterised flight vehicle, weapon control system etc., required for future launches of the missile from Indian Naval Ships. Senior officials from DRDO & Indian Navy monitored the test launch. The first trial was conducted on February 22, 2021, and this is a confirmatory trial to prove the consistent performance of the configuration and integrated operation.
Raksha Mantri, Shri Rajnath Singh has congratulated DRDO, Indian Navy and industry for the successful flight test and stated that this system would further enhance the defence capability of Indian Naval Ships against aerial threats.
Secretary Department of Defence Research & Development & Chairman DRDO, Dr G. Satheesh Reddy, has complemented the teams involved in the successful flight test and said that this paved the way for the integration of weapon system onboard Indian Naval Ships.
The air defence system, which can engage targets at around 15 km, is being developed by DRDO for naval warships, and the test was done in the presence of senior navy officers. Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) had last month successfully tested the high-speed expendable aerial target (HEAT), ABHYAS, used for evaluation of various missile systems, from the Integrated Test Range (ITR), Chandipur, off the coast of Bay of Bengal in Odisha.