WOW! India fires Vertical Launch Short Range Surface to Air Missile

The DRDO had a quick reaction surface to air missile – test was launched from the Integrated Test Range at Chandipur.

India on Tuesday successfully tested flight the indigenously developed new Vertical Launch Short Range Surface to Air Missile from Odisha coast, Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) informed. The DRDO developed quick reaction surface-to-air-missile test was launched from the Integrated Test Range at Chandipur at 3:08 pm, as per the research done by Prittle Prattle official. To observe the Missile’s trajectories number of tracking devices were used.

The Missile has an operational range of 50 to km and features mid-course inertial guidance through thread optic gyroscope and active radar homing in the terminal stage. The Missile receives a mid-course update via datalink with the lock-on before takeoff (LOBL) capability and after-launch (LOCAL) capability. The DRDO, in its official Twitter post, said, “Vertical Launch Short Range Surface to Air Missile for @IndianNavy was flight tested from ITR Chandipur. The Missile was tested against an electronic target at a low altitude. The weapon is planned for integration onboard naval ships.”

Defence Minister Rajnath Singh congratulated DRDO, Indian Navy, and industry for the successful flight test of VLSRSTA and said the system would enhance the defense capability of Indian Naval ships against the aerial threat, RMO, defense minister, India said in its official Twitter post. This test gave a positive response to the Indian Navy. This innovation has become a boon for DRDO.

Ahead of the test firing of the calculated Missile on Tuesday, Balasore district administration, as a safety measure, temporarily shifted more than Four thousand five hundred people residing within a 2.5km radius of launch pad number 3 of the ITR form where the weapon with a dummy payload was positioned and launched. A district revenue official said, on the request of the ITR authority, people residing in six hamlets close to the ITR launch site had to be temporarily shifted to nearby shelter centers with compensation. They will return to their homes after the DRDO gives the green signal.VL-SRSAM intended to replace the older Barak 1 surface-to-air missile system onboard Indian Navy warships. It will also be used as a short-range air defense system for INDIAN Air Force.

VL-SRSAM was conceived for the area and point-defense role to save naval platforms.

Its design: VL-SRSAM is based on Astra Mark 1 air-to-air missile with four short span long-chord cruciform wings. It includes additional jet vane-driven thrust vector control to enable quick reaction time on vertical launch. Each Vertical Launch System can hold forty missiles in a twin quad-pack canister configuration carrying eight missiles each for hot launch that can be installed in an arrangement of multiple launch systems based on the availability of space on the ship. The Missile neutralizes various aerial threats at medium and close ranges, including fighter aircraft and sea-skimming anti-ship missiles. It can detect and engage threats from different directions as an integrated missile and weapon control system (WCS) with 360-degree interception capability.

Defense Research and Development Laboratory (DRDL), Research and Development Establishment –Engineers, Research Center Imarat (RCI), and some private sector industries were involved in the design and development of the missile system as part of the Development and Production partner program. VL-SRSAM superseded the canceled Maitri missile project undertaken jointly by MBDA and DRDO based on the work done on MICA and Trishul.

DRDO has planned to offload the Missile manufacture to a private sector company. They are making it one of the first mainline weapon platforms to be produced by private industry under the support of Atmanirbhar Bharat.

This release is articulated by Prittle Prattle News in the form of an authored article.

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