The weapon system will enhance the defence capability of Indian Naval ships against aerial threats

The Vertical Launch Short Range Surface to Air Missile (VL-SRSAM) was successfully flight-tested by the Defence Research & Development Organisation (DRDO) and the Indian Navy on Friday.

A ship borne weapon system, VL-SRSAM is meant for neutralising various aerial threats at close ranges including sea-skimming targets, said the Ministry of Defence announcing the development.

The indigenously developed missile was test-fired from an Indian Naval Ship at Integrated Test Range (ITR), Chandipur off the coast of Odisha.

The launch of the system was conducted against a high speed aerial target mimicking aircraft, which was successfully engaged.

The flight path of the vehicle along with health parameters were monitored using a number of tracking instruments deployed by ITR, Chandipur. The test launch was monitored by senior officials from DRDO & the Indian Navy, the defence ministry said.

Defence Minister Rajnath Singh has congratulated DRDO, Indian Navy and the industry for the successful flight-test. The system has added an armour that will further enhance defence capability of Indian Naval ships against aerial threats, he said.

Chief of the Naval Staff Admiral R Hari Kumar appreciated the Indian Navy & DRDO for the successful flight test of the VL-SRSAM. He said that the development of this indigenous missile system will further strengthen the defensive capabilities of the Indian Navy.

Secretary, Department of Defence R&D & Chairman DRDO G Satheesh Reddy complimented the teams involved in the successful flight test. He said the test has proved the integration of indigenous weapon system onboard Indian Naval Ships, adding that it will prove to be a force multiplier for the Indian Navy.