India successfully flight-tested its indigenously developed Supersonic Missile Assisted Release of Torpedo (SMART) system from Odisha’s Balasore coast on Monday . The SMART was tested at 1145 hours from the APJ Abdul Kalam Island, earlier known as Wheeler Island, off the Odisha coast.
The DRDO reportedly said that it will be a “game-changer” in anti-submarine warfare, marking yet another milestone in strengthening the country’s maritime strategic capabilities.
“All the mission objectives including missile flight upto the range and altitude, separation of the nose cone, the release of Torpedo and deployment of Velocity Reduction Mechanism (VRM) have been met perfectly,” reported DRDO.
According to a defence statement, SMART is a missile assisted release of lightweight anti-submarine torpedo system for anti-submarine warfare (ASW) operations far beyond the torpedo range. This launch and demonstration are significant in establishing anti-submarine warfare capabilities, it said.
Defence Minister of India Ranath Singh tweeted, “The @DRDO_India has successfully flight tested the Supersonic Missile assisted release of Torpedo, SMART. This will be a major technology breakthrough for stand-off capability in anti-submarine warfare. I congratulate DRDO and other stakeholders for this significant achievement.”
Recently, DRDO had tested a new version of the hypersonic nuclear-capable missile “Shaurya”, with a range of 800 km.
Continuing the development spree after the emphasis on “Aatmnirbhar Bharat” drive, it has also recently tested an enhanced version of the BrahMos supersonic cruise missile with a range of 400 km, and also tested a cannon-launched anti-tank guided missile twice since September.
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