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India Successfully Fight-Tests VL-SRSAM in Chandipur

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.

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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.

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