Kushal Kumar Jha
DRDO conducts a successful flight test of Supersonic Missile Assisted Release of Torpedo (SMART)
The Defence Research and Development Organization (DRDO) on 5th Oct 2020 at 1145 hours conducted a successful flight test of Supersonic Missile Assisted Release of Torpedo (SMART) from Wheeler Island off the coast of Odisha.
SMART is a missile assisted release of lightweight Anti-Submarine Torpedo System for Anti-Submarine Warfare (ASW) operations far beyond the Torpedo range. This launch and demonstration are significant in establishing Anti-Submarine warfare capabilities.
Several DRDO laboratories, including DRDL, RCI Hyderabad, ADRDE Agra, NSTL Visakhapatnam, have developed the technologies required for SMART.
"All the mission objectives including missile flight up to the range and altitude, separation of the nose cone, the release of the Torpedo, and deployment of Velocity Reduction Mechanism (VRM) have been met perfectly," Ministry of Defence said in its Press Release.
The tracking stations (Radars, Electro-Optical Systems) along the coast and the telemetry stations, including downrange ships, monitored all the events.
Defence Minister Rajnath Singh congratulated the DRDO Scientists for the significant feat achieved today and said, "This will be a major technology breakthrough for stand-off capability in anti-submarine warfare". Secretary DD R&D & Chairman DRDO Dr. G Satheesh Reddy, said that SMART is a game-changer technology demonstration in the Anti-Submarine Warfare.
DRDO in the past few days has been actively testing new technological breakthroughs, which will significantly enhance the offensive and defensive capabilities of the Indian armed forces. Today's successful flight test will boost PM Modi's Atmanirbhar Bharat initiative.