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India successfully flight-tests anti-submarine torpedo system
New Delhi, October 5, 2020
India today successfully flight-tested its Supersonic Missile Assisted Release of Torpedo (SMART) system from the Wheeler Island off the coast of Odisha.
"All the mission objectives including missile flight up to the range and altitude, separation of the nose cone, release of torpedo and deployment of Velocity Reduction Mechanism (VRM) have been met perfectly," a press release from the Ministry of Defence said.
The tracking stations (Radars, Electro Optical Systems) along the coast and the telemetry stations including down range ships monitored all the events, it said.
SMART is a missile assisted release of lightweight Anti-Submarine Torpedo System for Anti-Submarine Warfare (ASW) operations far beyond torpedo range. This launch and demonstration is significant in establishing anti-submarine warfare capabilities, the release said.
A number of DRDO laboratories including DRDL, RCI Hyderabad, ADRDE Agra, NSTL Visakhapatnam have developed the technologies required for SMART.
Defence Minister Rajnath Singh congratulated the DRDO scientists for the important feat.
Secretary DD R&D and Chairman DRDO Dr G Satheesh Reddy, said that SMART is a game-changer technology demonstration in anti-submarine warfare.