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India has successfully test-fired the Vertically Launched Short Range Surface to Air Missile (VL-SRSAM) from Integrated Test Range (ITR) in Chandipur off the coast of Odisha.
VL-SRSAM missile has been indigenously designed and developed by Defense Research and Development Organization(DRDO) for the Indian Navy.
Purpose: It is meant for neutralizing various aerial threats at close ranges including sea-skimming targets.
Note: Sea skimming is a technique of flying as close as possible to the sea surface to avoid being detected by the radars onboard warships.
Features: The missile has an operational range of 50 to 60 km. It also features mid-course inertial guidance through fiber optic gyroscope and active radar homing in the terminal phase.
Source: This post is based on the article “Successful Flight Test of Vertical Launch Short Range Surface to Air Missile” published in PIB on 7th December 2021.