DRDO recently has successfully launched the two indigenously designed and developed Vertical Launch Short Range Surface to Air Missile on 22nd February 2021.

  • The VL-SRSAM missiles were launched with the help of static vertical launcher.
  • VL-SRSAM were launched from Integrated Test Range, Chandipur off the Odisha Coast.
  • The Launch of the missiles were monitored by the senior scientists from the labs who helped in developing and designing the system.

VL-SRSAM

  • The Vertical Launch Short Range Surface to Air Missile was indigenously developed and designed by DRDO (Defence Research and Development Organisation).
  • VL-SRSAM have been launched for the Indian Navy.
  • Through this missile, They will neutralize the various aerial threats including the sea-skimming targets.
  • Defence Research and Development Organisation has performed two trials in order to demonstrate the vertical launch capability.
  • Both missiles intercepted the simulated targets with pinpoint accuracy.
  • These missiles were also tested for its minimum range and the maximum range.
  • The VL-SRSAM missile with the Weapon Control System were also deployed during the trials.
  • During the VL-SRSAM missile testing, vehicle performance and flight path parameters were also monitored. These parameters were monitored through the flight data that was captured using the range instruments.

Features of the VL-SRSAM

The VL-SRSAM feature the mid-course inertial guidance along with the terminal active radar homing. VL-SRSAM will replace the older Barak-1 surface to air missile system. The missile will be used as short-range air defence system in the Indian navy and Indian Air Force. Missiles have been developed from 2006 pre-design of Astra Mark 1 comprising of four short-span long-chord wings. But it also comprises additional jet vane driven thrust vector control that enables the quick reaction vertical launch. The VL-SRSAM missile has a 360° interception capability.

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