Bhubaneswar: The Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) on Monday test-fired the Vertical Launch Short Range Surface to Air Missile (VL-SRSAM) from a static vertical launcher at Integrated Test Range (ITR), Chandipur off Odisha coast.
Two successful launches of the missile developed by DRDO for Indian Navy, have proved the effectiveness of the weapon system and few more trials will be conducted shortly before deployment on Indian Naval ships. Once deployed, the VL-SRSAM system will prove to be a force multiplier for the Indian Navy.
VL-SRSAM is meant for neutralising various aerial threats at close ranges, including sea-skimming targets.
On both occasions, the missiles intercepted the simulated targets with pinpoint accuracy. The missiles were tested for minimum and maximum range. VL-SRSAM with Weapon Control System (WCS) were deployed during the trials.
Senior scientists from various DRDO labs involved in the design and development of the system such as DRDL, RCI, Hyderabad and R&D Engineers, Pune monitored the launches.
Defence Minister Rajnath Singh congratulated DRDO on the successful trials. Dr G Satheesh Reddy, Secretary DD R&D and Chairman DRDO congratulated the teams involved.