India Successfully Test-Fires VL-SRSAM From INS

| Updated: 24 June, 2022 5:58 pm IST

NEW DELHI: In a big boost to India’s naval defence, the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) has successfully test-fired the Vertically Launched Short Range Surface to Air Missile (VL-SRSAM) from an Indian Naval Ship (INS) off the coast of Chandipur in Odisha on Friday.

The VL-SRSAM, a ship-borne weapon system, is meant for neutralising various aerial threats at close ranges including sea-skimming targets.

“Congratulations to DRDO, Indian Navy & the industry for the successful flight test of Vertical Launch Short Range Surface to Air Missile off the coast of Chandipur, Odisha. This success will further enhance the defence capability of Indian Naval Ships against the aerial threats,” Union defence minister Rajnath Singh posted on Twitter.

“Vertical Launch Short Range Surface to Air Missile (VL-SRSAM) was successfully flight-tested by Defence Research & Development Organisation (DRDO) and the Indian Navy from an Indian Naval Ship at Integrated Test Range (ITR), Chandipur off the coast of Odisha on June 24,” Ministry of Defence said.

The launch of the system was conducted against a high-speed aerial target mimicking aircraft, which was successfully engaged.

“The flight path of the vehicle along with health parameters was monitored using a number of tracking instruments deployed by ITR, Chandipur. The test launch was monitored by senior officials from DRDO and the Indian Navy,” the Ministry said.

Naval Chief Admiral R Hari Kumar appreciated the Indian Navy and DRDO for the successful testing of VL-SRSAM. The development of this indigenous missile system will further strengthen the defensive capabilities of the Indian Navy, Kumar said.

Dr G Satheesh Reddy, DRDO Chairman, complimented both the teams responsible for the successful testing. “It will prove to be a force multiplier for the Indian Navy and is another milestone towards Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi’s vision of Aatmanirbhar Bharat.” Reddy quoted.

The first trial of the same was conducted on February 22 this year.
The test-fire from Integrated Test Range (ITR), Chandipur today was the confirmatory test to check upon the performance of the configuration and the integrated operation.

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