Big step for India's military as DRDO, Indian Navy successfully test-fire VL-SRSAM

The Vertically Launched Short Range Surface to Air Missile (VL-SRSAM) was test-fired by the DRDO and the Indian Navy off Orissa's Chandipur coast. The VL-SRSAM is intended to neutralize various airborne threats at close range, including maritime-skimming targets.

Big step for Indias military as DRDO, Indian Navy successfully test-fire VL-SRSAM
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The Defence Research and Development Organization (DRDO) and the Indian Navy successfully test-fired a Vertically Launched Short Range Surface to Air Missile (VL-SRSAM) off Orissa's Chandipur coast on Friday. (Image Credit: ANI)

VL-SRSAM Launch: The Defence Research and Development Organization (DRDO) on Friday announced that India has successfully test-fired a Vertically Launched Short Range Surface to Air Missile (VL-SRSAM) from an Indian Naval Ship (INS) off Odisha's Chandipur coast.

"The Vertical Launch Short Range Surface to Air Missile (VL-SRSAM) was successfully flight tested today by the Defence Research and Development Organization (DRDO) and the Indian Navy. The launch from an Indian Navy ship was held off the coast of Chandipur, Odisha," news agency ANI quoted DRDO officials as saying.

The VL-SRSAM, a ship-propelled weapon system, is intended to neutralize various airborne threats at close range, including maritime-skimming targets. According to the DRDO, today's launch of the VL-SRSAM system was against a high-speed aerial target that was mimicking aircraft. The target was successfully engaged.

"The flight path of the vehicle with health parameters was monitored using multiple tracking instruments deployed by ITR, Chandipur. The test launch was monitored by senior officers of DRDO and Indian Navy," the DRDO statement said.

Rajnath Singh congratulates DRDO, Indian Navy

Defence Minister Rajnath Singh congratulated the DRDO and Indian Navy for the successful flight test of the VL-SRSAM.

Rajnath Singh tweeted, "Congratulations to DRDO, Indian Navy & 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 defense capability of Indian Navy ships against aerial threats."

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