Balasore: The Defense Research and Development Organization (DRDO) and the Indian Navy today successfully tested the flight-proven Short Range Vertical Launch Surface-to-Air Missile (VL-SRSAM) from the integrated test range ( ITR) in Chandipur, off the coast of Odisha. The flight test was conducted from an Indian Navy ship against a high-speed unmanned aerial target to demonstrate vertical launch capability. The missiles, which are equipped with an indigenous radio frequency (RF) seeker, intercepted the target with high precision.
During the test launch, the vehicle’s flight path and performance parameters were monitored using flight data and captured by various Range instruments, such as the Electro-Optical Radar Tracking System (EOTS) and telemetry systems implemented by ITR. , Chandipour.
The launch was monitored by senior scientists from various DRDO laboratories involved in the design and development of the system, such as Defense Research and Development Laboratory (DRDL), Imarat Research Center (RCI), Hyderabad, and R&D Engineers, Pune.
The VL-SRSAM system has been indigenously designed and developed by DRDO.
Congratulating the DRDO, Indian Navy and associated teams on the successful flight test of the VL-SRSAM, Defense Minister Rajnath Singh stated that the missile will prove to be a force multiplier for the Indian Navy. Defense Secretary and DRDO Chairman G. Satheesh Reddy’s R&D department also congratulated the teams that participated in the flight test, saying that the test has proven the effectiveness of the weapon system. This will further strengthen the Indian Navy to counter various close-range aerial threats, including sea-skimming targets, he added.