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Supersonic Missile-Assisted Release Of Torpedo (SMART) System

Supersonic Missile-Assisted Release Of Torpedo (SMART) System:

The Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) tested a next-generation torpedo release system.

  • Supersonic Missile-Assisted Release of Torpedo (SMART) System has been designed and developed by the Defence Research and Development Organisation.
  • It was launched from a ground mobile launcher from the Dr APJ Abdul Kalam Island off the Odisha coast.
  • This missile-based mechanism to launch lightweight torpedoes can target submarines hundreds of kilometres away far beyond the conventional range of lightweight torpedoes.
  • It will be particularly employed in the absence of other assets for immediate action when an enemy submarine is detected.
  • It is the canister-based missile system comprises several advanced subsystems including two-stage solid propulsion and precision inertial navigation.
  • It carries an advanced lightweight torpedo missile as a payload along with a parachute-based release mechanism.
  • Several state-of-the-art mechanisms, such as symmetric separation, ejection and velocity control, have been validated with this test.