New Delhi, Oct 5: In yet another milestone, India has achieved success by test-firing Supersonic Missile Assisted Release of Torpedo (SMART) has been successfully flight on Monday from Wheeler Island off the coast of Odisha.
Speaking about this significant feat, Defence Minister Rajnath Singh congratulated the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) for the success. "The DRDO 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," Singh's tweet read.
The Ministry of Defence informed that 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. The tracking stations (Radars, Electro-Optical Systems) along the coast and the telemetry stations including down range ships monitored all the events.
Meanwhile, Secretary DD R&D & Chairman DRDO Dr G Satheesh Reddy, said that SMART is a game-changer technology demonstration in the Anti-Submarine Warfare.
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 are significant in establishing Anti-Submarine warfare capabilities. A number of DRDO laboratories including DRDL, RCI Hyderabad, ADRDE Agra, NSTL Visakhapatnam were involved to develop the technologies required for SMART.
This is fourth flight test of the missile by DRDO after India, on Saturday, successfully test-fired a new version of nuclear-capable Shaurya missile here off the coast of Odisha which can strike targets at around 800 km. Following this, On October 1, a Laser-Guided Anti Tank Guided Missile was successfully tested, defeating a target located at longer range.
The test was conducted from MBT Arjun at KK Ranges (ACC&S) Ahmednagar. On Sept 30, India also successfully testfired the BrahMos supersonic cruise missile which can hit targets at over 400 km strike range which is at least more than 100 kms from the previous capability of the missile.