Highlights:

  • The launch was carried out from a static vertical launcher from Integrated Test Range (ITR).
  • The missiles intercepted the simulated targets with pinpoint accuracy.
  • Flightpath and vehicle performance parameters were monitored using flight data.

Today, the Defence Research & Development Organisation (DRDO) launched two Vertical Launch Short Range Surface to Air Missile (VL-SRSAM). It was carried out from a static vertical launcher from Integrated Test Range (ITR), Chandipur off the coast of Odisha.

Experts have designed VL-SRSAM indigenous to neutralize several aerial threats at close ranges including sea-skimming targets. The current launch was carried out for a demonstration of vertical launch capability as part of its maiden launch campaign. The missiles intercepted the simulated targets with pinpoint accuracy. Reportedly, the missiles were tested for minimum and maximum range. During the trials, VL-SRSAM was deployed with Weapon Control System (WCS).

The activity was monitored and reviewed by several senior scientists. These scientists belong to several DRDO labs involved in the design and development of the system such as DRDL, RCI, Hyderabad, and R&D Engineers, Pune. 

In a press conference, the scientists have informed that during the test launches, flight path and vehicle performance parameters were monitored using flight data. These data have been captured by various range instruments such as Radar, EOTS, and Telemetry systems deployed by ITR, Chandipur. “The current trials have proved the effectiveness of the weapon system,” an official added. Before deploying it on the Indian Naval ships, a few more trials will be conducted. “Once deployed, the VL-SRSAM system will prove to be a force multiplier for the Indian Navy,” the officials added. 

Meanwhile, Defense Minister Rajnath Singh congratulated DRDO on the successful trials. Dr. G Satheesh Reddy, Secretary DD R&D, and Chairman DRDO congratulated the teams involved in the successful flight test of the VL-SRSAM Missile System.

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