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DRDO’s Supersonic Missile-Assisted Torpedo Delivery System Achieves Success

The Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) has achieved a significant milestone in enhancing India’s anti-submarine warfare capabilities with the successful flight-test of the Supersonic Missile-Assisted Release of Torpedo (SMART) system. This next-generation torpedo delivery system was successfully flight-tested on May 01, 2024, at around 8:30 AM from Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam Island off the coast of Odisha.

Extending the Range of Lightweight Torpedoes

SMART is a missile-based system designed to significantly extend the range of lightweight torpedoes used by the Indian Navy. By incorporating advanced technologies, this canister-based system can deliver torpedoes far beyond their conventional range, providing a strategic advantage in anti-submarine warfare operations.

Advanced Sub-Systems and Mechanisms

The SMART system comprises several cutting-edge sub-systems, including:

  • Two-stage solid propulsion system
  • Electromechanical actuator system
  • Precision inertial navigation system

Additionally, the system incorporates advanced mechanisms such as symmetric separation, ejection, and velocity control, which were successfully validated during the flight-test.

Enhancing Naval Capabilities

Defence Minister Shri Rajnath Singh congratulated the DRDO and industry partners on the successful flight-test, stating, “The development of the system will further enhance the strength of our Navy.”

Dr. Samir V Kamat, Secretary, Department of Defence R&D and Chairman DRDO, lauded the synergistic efforts of the entire SMART team and encouraged them to continue on the path of excellence.

Revolutionary System for Naval Warfare

With its advanced capabilities, the SMART system represents a significant advancement in India’s naval warfare capabilities. By extending the range of lightweight torpedoes, this system will provide the Indian Navy with a strategic advantage in safeguarding the nation’s maritime interests.

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