Defence Research & Development Organisation (DRDO) conducted two successful launches of Vertical Launch Short Range Surface to Air Missile (VL-SRSAM).
The launches were carried out today from a static vertical launcher from Integrated Test Range (ITR), Chandipur off the coast of Odisha. Indigenously designed and developed by DRDO for Indian Navy, VL-SRSAM is meant for neutralizing various aerial threats at close ranges including sea-skimming targets. The current launches were carried out for demonstration of vertical launch capability as part of its maiden launch campaign. On both occasions, the missiles intercepted the simulated targets with pinpoint accuracy. The missiles were tested for minimum and maximum range. VL-SRSAM with Weapon Control System (WCS) were deployed during the trials.
The launches were monitored by senior scientists from various DRDO labs involved in the design and development of the system such as DRDL, RCI, Hyderabad and R&D Engineers, Pune.
During the test launches, flight path and vehicle performance parameters were monitored using flight data, captured by various Range instruments such as Radar, EOTS and Telemetry systems deployed by ITR, Chandipur.
The present trials have proved the effectiveness of the weapon system and few more trials will be conducted shortly before deployment on Indian Naval ships. Once deployed, the VL-SRSAM system will prove to be a force multiplier for the Indian Navy.
Raksha Mantri Shri Rajnath Singh congratulated DRDO on the successful trials. Dr G Satheesh Reddy, Secretary DD R&D & Chairman DRDO congratulated the teams involved in successful flight test of VL-SRSAM Missile System.
Inauguration Of DRDO Skill Development Centre
Defence Minister Rajnath Singh on Monday inaugurated a Skill Development Centre (SDC) for Fire Safety Training of DRDO that will provide quality training to fire personnel to prevent such losses.
The SDC of the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) at Pilkhuwa in Uttar Pradesh is first of its kind in India.
It has been created by adopting state-of-the-art technology and setting up of simulation systems for validation of fire at realistic scale in order to meet the challenges and enhance the skills of Defence Fire Service Personnel and combatants from the armed forces, the DRDO said.
In his inaugural address, Singh lauded DRDO for this significant step in the field of fire safety.
Spread in a 24-acre area at Pilkhuwa, the DRDO facility would be utilised for imparting fire prevention and fire-fighting training to the fire service personnel of Indian armed forces, DRDO, Ordnance Factories, Coast Guard and defence undertakings.
In addition, trainees from Bhutan, Sri Lanka and other neighbouring countries would also be imparted training at the centre.