Short Range Surface To Air Missile: Vertical Launch:
The Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) tested the “vertical launch-short range surface-to-air missile”, successfully.
- Missile was test fired from integrated test range in Chandipur, off the Odisha coast.
- Its launch was conducted from a vertical launcher towards an electronic target at a very low altitude.
- A number of instruments were used to track the flight path of the vehicle and its health parameters. These tracking instruments were deployed by ITR, Chandipur.
- The launch of short-range surface-to-air missile was conducted in a bid to validate integrated operation of all weapon system components such as canisterised flight vehicle, vertical launcher unit with controller, weapon control system etc., which are needed for future launches from Indian naval ships.
- The launch of this system will further boost the defence capability of Indian Naval Ships against aerial threats. It has also paved the way for integration of weapon systems onboard the Indian naval ships.
Vertical Launch – Short Range Surface to Air Missile (VL-SRSAM)
- VL-SRSAM is a quick reaction surface-to-air missile, that has been developed by DRDO.
- It comprises of features like mid-course inertial guidance through fibre-optic gyroscope as well as active radar homing during terminal phase.
- Missile has the capability of ‘lock on before launch (LOBL)’ and lock on after launch (LOAL).
- As a result, it receives mid-course update via datalink.
- It seeks to replace “Barak 1 surface to air missile system” onboard Indian Navy warships.