India successfully test-fires VL-SRSAM

On June 24, 2022, A vertical-launch, short-range, surface-to-air missile (VL-SRSAM) was successfully test-fired by Indian Navy.

Key Points

  • VL-SRSAM was launched from a warship, off the coast of Chandipur in Odisha.
  • The VL-SRSAM system has been designed for striking at high-speed airborne targets at 40 km to 50 km range and at an altitude of 15km.
  • Successful launch will further strengthen the defence capability of Indian naval ships, against aerial threats.
  • Before this, India successfully tested its nuclear-capable Agni-4 intermediate range ballistic missile, off the APJ Abdul Kalam Island in Odisha.

About VL-SRSAM

VL-SRSAM is a quick reaction surface-to-air-missile. It has been indigenously designed and developed for Indian Navy, by DRDO. It has been developed to neutralise aerial threats at close ranges, including the sea-skimming targets. It has an operational range of 50 kms. It features mid-course inertial guidance through active radar and fiber optic gyroscope.  Its launch was conducted to validate integrated operation of all the components of the system.

Who has developed the missile?

The VL-SRSAM missile has been developed by the Defence Research and Development Laboratory (DRDL) in coordination with the Research Centre Imarat (RCI) besides the Research & Development Establishment (Engineers), based at Pune.

About Defence Research & Development Organization (DRDO)

DRDO is the Research & Development wing of the Defence Ministry. It seeks to empower India with cutting-edge defence technologies. The organisation was established in 1958, after integrating the Technical Development Establishment (TDEs) of Directorate of Technical Development & Production (DTDP) & Indian Army with the Defence Science Organization (DSO).

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