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Vertical Launch Short Range Surface to Air Missile: DRDO

  • 08 Dec 2021
  • 2 min read

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The Vertical Launch Short Range Surface to Air Missile (VL-SRSAM) was successfully flight tested by the Defence Research & Development Organization (DRDO) for the second consecutive time since February this year.

  • It was launched from the Integrated Test Range at Chandipur.

Key Points

  • About the VL-SRSAM:
    • It is a quick reaction surface-to-air-missile indigenously designed and developed by DRDO for the Indian Navy, is meant for neutralising various aerial threats at close ranges, including sea-skimming targets.
    • The missile has an operational range of 50 to km distance and features mid course inertial guidance through fiber optic gyroscope and active radar homing in terminal phase
    • The launch of the system was conducted to validate integrated operation of all weapon system components, including the vertical launcher unit with controller, canisterised flight vehicle and weapon control system.
      • The successful testing of these systems is crucial for future launches of the missile from Indian Naval ships.
    • It 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.
  • Developed By:
    • The key DRDO facilities that contributed to the development of the system are the Defence Research and Development Laboratory (DRDL) and Research Centre Imarat (RCI), both from Hyderabad, and Research & Development Establishment (Engineers), based at Pune.

Defence Research & Development Organization:

  • It is the Research & Development wing of the Ministry of Defence, with a vision to empower India with cutting-edge defence technologies.
  • It was established in 1958 after combining the Technical Development Establishment (TDEs) of the Indian Army and the Directorate of Technical Development & Production (DTDP) with the Defence Science Organization (DSO).

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