The Indian Ministry of Defence (MoD) has announced the two successful launches of Vertical Launch Short-Range Surface-to-Air Missile (VL-SRSAM).

The VL-SRSAM is indigenously designed and developed by the Defence Research & Development Organisation (DRDO) for the Indian Navy.

The missile was launched by DRDO from a static vertical launcher in the Integrated Test Range (ITR), off the Odisha coast at Chandipur.

The surface-to-air missile has been designed to defuse several aerial threats that are at ‘close ranges, including sea-skimming targets’.

The Indian MoD noted that the current launches were aimed at demonstrating the ‘vertical launch capability’ of the missile as part of its maiden launch programme.

During the trials, the VL-SRSAM with a weapon control system (WCS) was deployed and tested for minimum and maximum range.

The launches were monitored by senior scientists and engineers from DRDO’s Hyderabad and Pune facilities.

During the two test launches, parameters such as flight path and vehicle performance were monitored using flight data.

The data was captured by various range instruments such as radar, an electro-optical targeting system (EOTS) and telemetry systems deployed by ITR.

Indian MoD said in a statement: “The present trials have proved the effectiveness of the weapon system and few more trials will be conducted shortly before deployment on Indian Naval ships.

“Once deployed, the VL-SRSAM system will prove to be a force multiplier for the Indian Navy.”

Recently, the Indian MoD announced the flag off of the final production batch of the Indian Navy’s long-range surface-to-air missile (LRSAM).