DRDO Test Surface-to-Air Missile VL-SRSAM
THE VERTICAL Launch: The short-range surface-to-air missile (VL-SRSAM), developed for the Indian Navy by the Defense Research and Development Organization (DRDO), underwent its two successful maiden launches on Monday.
The system is scheduled to undergo further testing shortly before its deployment on the Navy warship, the Defense Ministry said.
The VL-SRSAM has been jointly developed by DRDO facilities such as the Defense Research and Development Laboratory (DRDL) and the Imarat Research Center (RCI), both based in Hyderabad, and the Research and Development Establishment (Engineers) based in Pune.
The launches were carried out on Monday from a static vertical launcher at Integrated Test Range (ITR), Chandipur, off the coast of Odisha.
Developed indigenously by the DRDO for the Indian Navy, the VL-SRSAM is designed to neutralize various aerial threats at short ranges, including targets that skim the sea, which have the ability to avoid detection by radar or infrared sensors.
“The current launches were carried out to demonstrate vertical launch capabilities as part of its first launch campaign. Both times, the missiles intercepted simulated targets with pinpoint precision. The missiles were tested for minimum and maximum ranges. During the tests, VL-SRSAM with a weapon control system (WCS) was deployed. Current trials have demonstrated the effectiveness of the weapon system and some more trials will be conducted shortly before deployment on Indian Navy ships. Once deployed, the VL-SRSAM system will prove to be a force multiplier for the Indian Navy, ”reads the press release issued by the Defense Ministry.
Defense Minister Rajnath Singh and Dr. G Satheesh Reddy, Secretary of the Department of Defense Research and Development and Chairman of DRDO congratulated various teams that were part of the trial.