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Indigenous Short-range Surface to Air Missile Completes Initial Trials

DRDO that achieved an accomplishment in the form of Helina missile system a few days ago, is set to add another feather in its cap. It conducted two successful launches of Vertical Launch Short Range Surface to Air Missile (VL-SRSAM). There are a few more trials to go before it can be deployed by Indian Navy.

The launches were carried out from a static vertical launcher from Integrated Test Range (ITR), Chandipur off the coast of Odisha. Indigenously designed and developed by DRDO for Indian Navy, VL-SRSAM is meant for neutralizing various aerial threats at close ranges including sea-skimming targets.

The current launches were carried out for demonstration of vertical launch capability as part of its maiden launch campaign. On both occasions, the missiles intercepted the simulated targets with pinpoint accuracy. The missiles were tested for minimum and maximum range. VL-SRSAM with Weapon Control System (WCS) were deployed during the trials.

The present trials have proved the effectiveness of the weapons system and a few more trials will be conducted shortly before deployment on Indian Naval ships. Once deployed, the VL-SRSAM system will prove to be a force multiplier for the Indian Navy.