The Indian Navy and the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) have successfully conducted the first flight test of the naval anti-ship missile.

The missile is also the Indian Navy’s first indigenously developed air launched anti-ship missile system.

The maiden flight test was conducted at Integrated Test Range (ITR) in Chandipur, off the coast of Odisha, India on 18 May. It was witnessed by senior officials of the Indian Navy and DRDO.

During the test, a naval anti-ship missile was released from an Indian Navy helicopter. It followed the desired sea skimming trajectory to hit the designated target.

According to the Indian Navy, all the stipulated objectives were fulfilled with high precision.

In addition, performance of the missile’s sub-systems was satisfactory.

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Indian Defence Minister Rajnath Singh said: “India attained a high level of capability in the indigenous design and development of missile systems.”

The test also validated mission algorithms and various capabilities of anti-ship missile including guidance, control and accuracy.

All the events during missile launch, including the tracking of missile trajectory, were captured using the sensors deployed at the test range and at near impact points.

DRDO chairman Dr G Satheesh Reddy also lauded the efforts of the Naval Flight Test Squadron, the Indian Navy and associated teams for the mission success.

The naval anti-ship missile features various latest technologies such as a home grown launcher for the helicopter.

Furthermore, the guidance system equipped in the missile system also included integrated avionics and navigation system.