Helicopter-launched Stand-off Anti-Tank misisle SANT successfully tested
The weapon can neutralise targets in a range up to 10 kms
The indigenously designed and developed helicopter-launched Stand-off Anti-tank (SANT) Missile was flight tested from the Pokhran ranges in Rajasthan on Saturday.
The flight test was conducted by the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) and the Indian Air Force (IAF).
The missile is equipped with a state-of-the-art MMW seeker which provides high precision strike capability from a safe distance. The weapon can neutralise targets in a range up to 10 kms.
According to the Ministry of Defence, the flight-test was successful in meeting "all its mission objectives".
The release mechanism, advanced guidance and tracking algorithms, all avionics with integrated software, performed satisfactorily and tracking systems monitored all mission events
The SANT missile has been designed and developed by Research Centre Imarat (RCI), Hyderabad in coordination with other DRDO labs and participation from industries.
This is the third in the series of indigenous stand-off weapons to be tested in recent times after long range bomb and smart anti airfield weapon for strengthening the arsenal of IAF.
The indigenous development of various configurations for different applications with advanced technologies is a firm march towards ‘Aatmanirbharta’ in defence.
Defence Minister Rajnath Singh has congratulated the team associated with the mission.
Secretary Department of Defence R&D and Chairman DRDO G Satheesh Reddy said the successful flight test of SANT missile would further bolster the indigenous defence capabilities.