VL-SRSAM: Successful Launch of Short Range Surface to Air Missile

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Recently Vertical Launched Short Range Surface to Air Missile (VL-SRSAM) was successfully flight tested from an Indian Naval Ship at Integrated Test Range (ITR), Chandipur, Odisha.

  • The test was conducted jointly by the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) and the Indian Navy.

  • About VL-SRSAM -

  • The VL-SRSAM has been jointly designed and developed by three units of the Defence Research and Development Organisation for deployment on warships of the Indian Navy.

  • The missile has the capability to neutralise various airborne threats at close range including sea-skimming targets.

  • Sea skimming is a technique used by many anti-ship missiles and some fighter or strike aircraft to evade radar and infrared detection.

  • The missile is designed to strike high-speed air targets at a range of 40 to 50 km and an altitude of about 15 km.

  • Its design is based on the Astra missile, which is an air-to-air missile beyond visual range.

  • Features

  • Cruciform Wings: They are four small wings arranged like a cross on four sides and provide a stable aerodynamic position to the projectile.

  • Thrust vectoring: It is the ability to change the direction of thrust, angular velocity and position of the missile with its engine.

  • Thrust is the force that moves the aircraft through the air.

Canistered System: It controls the environment inside, thus making it easier to transport and store, and to make the weapon durable.

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