Defense Research & Development Organisation (DRDO) and the Indian Navy successfully flight-tested the Vertical Launch Short Range Surface to Air Missile (VL-SRSAM) off the coast of Odisha on June 24, 2022, at Integrated Test Range (ITR), Chandipur. VL-SRSAM is a ship borne weapon system for neutralizing various aerial threats at close range, including sea skimming targets.
The system was launched against a high-speed aerial target mimicking an aircraft, which was successfully engaged. The flight path and health parameters of the vehicle were monitored by tracking instruments deployed by ITR, Chandipur. DRDO and Indian Navy officials monitored the test launch.
Rajnath Singh, Raksha Mantri, has congratulated the DRDO, Indian Navy, and industry for the success of the flight-test and stated that the system further enhances the naval ships’ defense against aerial threats.
The Chief of Naval Staff praised the Indian Navy and DRDO for the successful flight test of the VL-SRSAM, saying development of this indigenous missile system will further strengthen the Indian Navy’s defensive capabilities.
Dr G Satheesh Reddy, secretary of Defence R&D and chairman of DRDO, congratulated the teams. According to him, the test showed the integration of indigenous weaponry on Indian ships. He said it’ll be a force multiplier for the Indian Navy, which is another step towards Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s vision of ‘Aatmanirbhar Bharat‘.
In April this year, Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) successfully flight-tested Solid Fuel Ducted Ramjet (SFDR) booster at the Integrated Test Range (ITR), Chandipur off the coast of Odisha on April 08, 2022. The test successfully demonstrated the reliable functioning of all critical components involved in the complex missile system and met all the mission objectives.