India successfully flight tested its new Supersonic Missile Assisted Release of Torpedo (SMART) system on Oct. 5, the country’s Ministry of Defence (MoD) announced.
The launch of the missile system took place from Wheeler Island off the coast of Odisha at 1145 hours.
The MoD statement said that all the mission objectives including missile flight upto the range and altitude, separation of the nose cone, release of Torpedo and deployment of Velocity Reduction Mechanism (VRM) have been met perfectly during the flight test. The statement added that tracking stations equipped with radars and Electro-Optical systems established along the coast and the telemetry stations including down range ships monitored all the events.
The MOD statement noted that the launch and demonstration is significant in establishing Anti-Submarine Warfare (ASW) capabilities.
SMART is a missile assisted release of lightweight anti-submarine torpedo System for ASW operations far beyond Torpedo range. The system was developed by India’s state-owned defense R&D agency, Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO).
A number of DRDO laboratories including Hyderabad-based Defence Research & Development Laboratory (DRDL),Research Centre Imarat (RCI), Agra-based Aerial Delivery Research and Development Establishment (ADRDE), Naval Science & Technological Laboratory (NSTL) Visakhapatnam have developed the technologies required for SMART.
Defence Minister Rajnath Singh congratulated the DRDO Scientists for the important milestone. Secretary Department of Defence R&D and Chairman DRDO Dr G Satheesh Reddy said that SMART is a game changer technology demonstration in the Anti-Submarine Warfare.