VL-SRSAM missile system successfully launched

The Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) has successfully launched the two indigenously designed and developed Vertical Launch Short Range Surface to Air Missile (VL-SRSAM) on February 22, 2021.

Highlights

  • The missiles were launched with the help of static vertical launcher.
  • They were launched from Integrated Test Range, Chandipur off the Odisha Coast.
  • Launch of the missiles were monitored by the senior scientists from the labs who helped in developing and designing the system.

Vertical Launch Short Range Surface to Air Missile (VL-SRSAM)

  • VL-SRSAM was indigenously developed and designed by DRDO.
  • Missiles have been launched for the Indian Navy.
  • They will neutralize the various aerial threats including the sea-skimming targets.
  • DRDO has performed two trials in order to demonstrate the vertical launch capability.
  • Both the missiles intercepted the simulated targets with pinpoint accuracy.
  • These missiles were also tested for its minimum range and the maximum range.
  • VL-SRSAM with the Weapon Control System were also deployed during the trials.
  • During the missile testing, vehicle performance and flight path parameters were also monitored. These parameters were monitored through the flight data that was captured using the range instruments.

Features of the missile

The missiles feature the mid-course inertial guidance along with the terminal active radar homing. It will replace the older Barak-1 surface to air missile system.  It will be used as short-range air defence system in the Indian navy and Indian Air Force. Missiles have been developed from 2006 pre-design of Astra Mark 1 comprising of four short-span long-chord wings. But it also comprises additional jet vane driven thrust vector control that enables the quick reaction vertical launch. The missile has a 360° interception capability.

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