Indian Navy and DRDO Achieve Milestone in Indigenous Naval Anti-Ship Missile Trials

In a significant stride towards self-reliance (Aatmanirbharta), the Indian Navy, in collaboration with the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO), has successfully conducted Guided Flight Trials of the first indigenously developed Naval Anti-Ship Missile. The milestone achievement occurred from a Seaking 42B helicopter on November 21, showcasing India’s prowess in developing naval weaponry.

Development Background: Long-Range Anti-Ship Missile

The successful trials follow reports in October about DRDO gearing up for testing a long-range anti-ship missile (LRASM), promising enhanced capabilities for the Navy in ship-based missile systems. Anticipated to have a range of 500 kilometres, surpassing the 350-400 kilometres range of the BrahMos missile, this indigenous development is a strategic leap in naval defense capabilities.

Previous Achievements: NASM-SR and MRSAM Test

Earlier in May 2022, India tested its first indigenous short-range anti-ship missile, known as ‘Naval Anti-ship Missile-short range’ (NASM-SR), weighing 380 kilograms with a range of 55 kilometres. Additionally, in March, the Indian Navy successfully conducted a Medium Range Surface-to-Air Missile (MRSAM) firing from INS Visakhapatnam, validating the capability to engage anti-ship missiles. MRSAM, a joint venture of DRDO and Israeli Aerospace Industries, demonstrated its state-of-the-art medium-range air defense capabilities with a range of 70 kilometres.

Strategic Collaboration and Components of MRSAM

The MRSAM weapon system, also named the ‘Abhra’ Weapon System, is a collaborative effort between DRDO, Israeli Aerospace Industries (IAI), and Indian defense industry partners, including MSMEs. The system comprises a Combat Management System (CMS), Mobile Launcher Systems (MLS), Advanced Long Range Radar, Mobile Power System (MPS), Radar Power System (RPS), Reloader Vehicle (RV), and Field Service Vehicle. Powered by an indigenously developed rocket motor and control system, MRSAM stands as a testament to India’s technological advancements in defense.

Future Implications: Strengthening Naval Capabilities

The successful trials of the indigenous Naval Anti-Ship Missile mark a crucial step in fortifying India’s naval capabilities. The advancements in missile technology contribute to India’s strategic defense preparedness, fostering self-reliance and reducing dependence on foreign imports in the defense sector. As India continues to achieve milestones in indigenous defense development, the nation moves closer to becoming a key player in global defense innovation.



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