Hyderabad: Defence Research & Development Organisation (DRDO) and Indian Navy successfully flight tested Vertical Launch Short Range Surface-to-Air Missile (VL-SRSAM) from the Integrated Test Range (ITR), Chandipur off the coast of Odisha on Tuesday.
The flight test was carried out from an Indian Naval Ship against a high-speed unmanned aerial target for demonstration of vertical launch capability, DRDO said in a release..
Equipped with indigenous Radio Frequency (RF) seeker, the missiles intercepted the target with high accuracy.
The VL-SRSAM system has been indigenously designed and developed by DRDO.
During the test launch, flight path and vehicle performance parameters were monitored using flight data, captured by various Range instruments such as Radar, Electro-optical tracking system (EOTS) and Telemetry systems deployed by ITR, Chandipur.
The launch was monitored by senior scientists from various DRDO labs involved in the design and development of the system such as Defence Research & Development Laboratory (DRDL), Research Centre Imarat (RCI), Hyderabad and R&D Engineers, Pune.
Raksha Mantri Rajnath Singh complimented DRDO, Indian Navy and associated teams on the successful flight trial of VL-SRSAM and stated that the missile will prove to be a force multiplier for the Indian Navy.
Department of Defence Secretary( R&D) & DRDO Chairman Dr G.Satheesh Reddy also congratulated the teams involved in the successful flight test and said that the trial has proved the effectiveness of the weapon system.