New Delhi: (Defence News) DRDO it seems is on a testing spree amid ongoing tensions alongside LAC. On Monday the Defence Research and Development Organisation successfully tested Supersonic Missile Assisted Release of Torpedo (SMART). The flight test was conducted at 1145 hrs from 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, the release of Torpedo and deployment of Velocity Reduction Mechanism (VRM) have been met perfectly.
The tracking stations (Radars, Electro-Optical Systems) along the coast and the telemetry stations including down range ships monitored all the events.
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," said Ministry of Defence in a press release issued Monday afternoon.
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. "This achievement is a major 'technology- breakthrough' for India's capability in anti-submarine warfare (ASW). "DRDO has successfully flight-tested Supersonic Missile assisted release of Torpedo, SMART. This will be a major technology breakthrough for stand-off capability in anti-submarine warfare. I congratulate DRDO & other stakeholders for the achievement," he tweeted.
Union Minister for the department of public enterprises Prakash Javadekar also congratulated DRDO and termed the development as an achievement in light of Aatmanirbhar Bharat. " Successful flight test of Supersonic Missile assisted release of Torpedo, SMART, is a big technology breakthrough in anti-submarine warfare. Congratulations to @DRDO_India scientists for this rare feat. Another firm step towards Aatmanirbhar Bharat," he said in a tweet.
Secretary DD R&D & Chairman DRDO Dr G Satheesh Reddy congratulated the team on yet another successful test and said that SMART is going to be a game-changer technology demonstration in the Anti-Submarine Warfare.
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