India’s DRDO Tests Missile Assisted Torpedo

New Delhi: India successfully flight-tested its indigenously developed SMART torpedo system Monday, with the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) hailing it as a “game changer” in anti-submarine warfare.

According to a defence ministry statement, the Supersonic Missile Assisted Release of Torpedo or SMART was successfully tested from the Wheeler Island off the coast of Odisha. It added that all the mission objectives were perfectly met, which included the missile flight upto range and altitude, separation of the nose cone, release of torpedo as well as the deployment of Velocity Reduction Mechanism (VRM).

Supersonic Missile Assisted Release of Torpedo (SMART) has been successfully flight tested today 5th Oct 2020 at 1145 hrs from Wheeler Island off the coast of Odisha.

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.

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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.

A number of DRDO laboratories including DRDL, RCI Hyderabad, ADRDE Agra, NSTL Visakhapatnam have developed the technologies required for SMART.

Raksha Mantri Shri Rajnath Singh congratulated the DRDO Scientists for the important feat. Secretary DD R&D & Chairman DRDO Dr G Satheesh Reddy, said that SMART is a game changer technology demonstration in the Anti-Submarine Warfare.

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