DRDO successfully flight-tests Vertical Launch Short Range Surface-to-Air Missile
The Vertical Launch Short Range Surface-to-Air Missile (VLSRSAM) being flight-tested from the Integrated Test Range at Chandipur off the coast of Odisha, on December 7, 2021.

DRDO successfully flight-tests Vertical Launch Short Range Surface-to-Air Missile

New Delhi, December 9, 2021

The Defence Research & Development Organisation (DRDO) today successfully flight-tested the Vertical Launch Short Range Surface-to-Air Missile (VLSRSAM) from the Integrated Test Range at Chandipur off the coast of Odisha.

The launch was conducted from a vertical launcher against an electronic target at a very low altitude, an official press release said.

"The flight path of the vehicle along with health parameters were monitored using a number of tracking instruments deployed by ITR, Chandipur. All sub-systems performed as per expectation," it said.

The release said that today’s launch of the system was conducted to validate integrated operation of all weapon system components including the vertical launcher unit with controller, canisterised flight vehicle, weapon control system, and so on, required for future launches of the missile from Indian Naval Ships.

The test launch was monitored by senior officials from DRDO and the Indian Navy.

The first trial of the system was conducted on February 22, 2021 and today's test was a confirmatory trial to prove the consistent performance of the configuration and integrated operation, the release said.

Defence Minister Rajnath Singh congratulated DRDO, Indian Navy and industry for the successful flight test and stated that the system would further enhance defence capability of Indian Naval Ships against aerial threats.

Secretary Department of Defence Research & Development & Chairman DRDO, Dr G Satheesh Reddy complimented the teams involved in the successful flight test and said that this had paved the way for integration of weapon system onboard Indian Naval Ships.

NNN

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