Vertical Launch Short Range Surface to Air Missile (VL-SRSAM)
The Vertical Launch Short Range Surface to Air Missile (VL-SRSAM), was successfully flight tested by the Defence Research and Development Organization (DRDO) for Naval warships and the Indian Navy. The VL-SRSAM flight test was carried out from Chandipur Coast, in Odisha. The flight was successfully conducted from an Indian Naval ship against a high-speed unmanned aerial target for demonstration of vertical launching capability. The VL-SRSAM is equipped with Indigenous Radio Frequency (RF) seeker. The VL-SRSAM is designed by three facilities of the DRDO for the Indian Naval Warships.
It is designed and developed for the neutralization of various aerial threats at close ranges including sea-skimming targets. The Defence Ministry of India Rajnath Singh congratulated DRDO, the Indian Navy, and the industry for the successful flight testing of VL-SRSAM.
Key Points related to VL-SRSAM
- The test launch of VL-SRSAM including flight path, and vehicle performance parameters were monitored using the flight data.
- The flight data during the test launch was captured by various range instruments such as Radar, Electro-Optical Tracking System (EOTS), and Telemetry systems deployed by ITR, Chandipur.
- The launch was also monitored by senior scientists from DRDO labs, who were involved in the designing and developing of systems.
Features of VL-SRSAM
- The VL-SRSAM has been designed and developed to strike high-speed airborne targets up to 40 to 50 km and at an altitude of around 15 km.
- The design of the missile is based on the Astra Missile, which is beyond the visual range of air to an air missile.
- VL-SRSAM has cruciform wings and thrust vectoring.
- The cruciform wings are four small wings that are arranged like a cross on four sides and give a stable aerodynamic posture.
- The thrust vectoring will enhance the capability of changing the direction of the thrust from its engine to control the angular velocity and the altitude of the missile.
- The VL-SRSAM is a canister system, which allows it to be stored and operated from specially designed compartments.