BALASORE: India on Monday successfully conducted a flight test of its indigenously developed Supersonic Missile Assisted Release of Torpedo (SMART) system from the APJ Abdul Kalam Island, earlier known as Wheeler Island, off the Odisha coast.
According to the statement released by Press Information Bureau all the mission objectives (of SMART) including missile flight up to 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 telemetry stations including down range ships monitored all the events,” the statement further said.
Defence Minister Rajnath Singh congratulated the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) on the successful conduct of the test which the DRDO said will be a “game changer” in anti-submarine warfare.
“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, ” the defence minister tweeted.
SMART is a missile assisted release of lightweight Anti-Submarine Torpedo System for anti-submarine warfare (ASW) operations for far beyond torpedo range. This launch and demonstration are significant in establishing ASW capabilities.