Indian Navy Can Now Engage Enemy Submarines From Far-Off Distances With Help Of SMARTL: DRDO

CIOReviewIndia Team | Wednesday, 14 October 2020, 09:21 IST

smartdrdoDr. G Satheesh Reddy, the Defence Research and Development Organization (DRDO) chairman, today, claimed that when the Supersonic Missile Assisted Release Torpedo (SMART) weapon system is developed entirely, it would be boosting the Indian Navy’s anti-submarine warfare capability. Also, it would allow engagement of enemy submarines from long distances.

The SMART weapon system was successfully tested on October 5, and it was for the first time where a supersonic missile was used to launch a torpedo against a simulated submarine as a target and the test was fully successful.

Shri Reddy said, "A torpedo has a limited range capability. The range of torpedo is enhanced through many mechanisms. One of the mechanisms is a supersonic missile assisted release of the torpedo, that is how it is called SMART."

In the coast of Odisha, at the APJ Abdul Kalam Island in Balasore, the test was completed.

Shri Reddy added, "All these operations have very successfully functioned in the very first attempt itself. So, this enhances the capability of the Indian Navy once the system gets fully proven and inducted into the armed forces. The Navy`s capability to engage submarines at far of distances is also feasible."

Reddy said that the achievement by India in becoming self-reliance in the field of missile systems is truly remarkable, and it can produce the requisites by the armed forces in the Indian perimeter

DRDO conducted almost successful missile tests in the past five weeks, which includes Shaurya Hypersonic Missile, BrahMos Extended-Range Missile, Prithvi Nuclear-Capable Ballistic Missile, Hypersonic Missile Technology Development Vehicles, Rudram I Anti-Radiation Missile and the Supersonic Missile Assisted Release Torpedo Weapon system.

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