The Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) has successfully flight tested Supersonic Missile Assisted Release of Torpedo (SMART) on 5th Oct 2020 at 1145 hrs from Wheeler Island off the coast of Odisha.
SMART has been designed to engage submarines up to 650 km away. This Missile will change the face of anti-submarine warfare.
“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. The tracking stations (Radars, Electro Optical Systems) along the coast and the telemetry stations including down range ships monitored all the events,” Ministry of Defence said in its press release.
The technologies required for SMART have been developed by DRDO laboratories including DRDL, RCI Hyderabad, ADRDE Agra, NSTL Visakhapatnam.
Defence Minister Shri Rajnath Singh congratulated the DRDO for successful flight test of Supersonic Missile Assisted Release of Torpedo (SMART) and said, “This will be a major technology breakthrough for stand-off capability in anti-submarine warfare.”
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.— Rajnath Singh (@rajnathsingh) October 5, 2020