Adding another weapon to its Naval Arsenal, India successfully tested a long-range Supersonic Missile Assisted Torpedo (SMART). A defense official said the weapon system is being developed by the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) for the Indian Navy. The missile was tested off the Balasore coast in Odisha on Monday.
The system is a next-generation missile-based standoff torpedo delivery system. During the test, the full-range capability of the missile was successfully demonstrated. The system has been designed to enhance anti-submarine warfare capability far beyond the conventional range of the torpedo.
"The system has been designed to enhance anti-submarine warfare capability far beyond the conventional range of the torpedo," the DRDO said, reported news agency ANI.
The test comes just days after the DRDO and the Indian Air Force (IAF), on Saturday, December 11, successfully flight-tested the indigenously designed and developed helicopter-launched stand-off anti-tank (SANT) missile in Rajasthan's Pokhran firing ranges.
This was the third in the series of indigenous stand-off weapons to be tested in recent times, after the Long-Range Bomb and Smart Anti-Airfield Weapon (SAAW), further strengthening the arsenal of the Indian Air Force.
The defense ministry said the flight-testing of SANT, was "successful" in meeting all the mission objectives of the missile. The weapon, developed for the IAF, can neutralize targets in a range up to 10 km, it said.