DRDO successfully launches VL-SRSAM off Odisha coast

DRDO successfully launches VL-SRSAM twice off Odisha coast

Defence Research & Development Organisation (DRDO), on Monday, conducted two successful launches of Vertical Launch Short Range Surface to Air Missile (VL-SRSAM) from a static vertical launcher from Integrated Test Range (ITR), Chandipur off the coast of Odisha. 

Indigenously designed and developed by DRDO for Indian Navy, VL-SRSAM is meant for neutralizing various aerial threats at close ranges including sea-skimming targets. The current launches were carried out for demonstration of vertical launch capability as part of its maiden launch campaign. On both occasions, the missiles intercepted the simulated targets with pinpoint accuracy. The missiles were tested for minimum and maximum range. VL-SRSAM with Weapon Control System (WCS) were deployed during the trials, the ministry of defence said in a press release. 

During the test launches, flight path and vehicle performance parameters were monitored using flight data, captured by various Range instruments such as Radar, EOTS and Telemetry systems deployed by ITR, Chandipur. Also Read: Sonam Wangchuk unveils solar-heated military tent for Indian Army: Here’s everything you need to know

The present trials have proved the effectiveness of the weapon system and few more trials will be conducted shortly before deployment on Indian Naval ships. Once deployed, the VL-SRSAM system will prove to be a force multiplier for the Indian Navy, the release added. Also Read: India plans sustained human presence in space with proper framework

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