The Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) plans to conduct more trial launches of vertical launch short-range surface-to-air missile (VL-SRSAM) system later this year before it commences trials from warships. VL-SRSAM was twice tested from a makeshift static vertical launcher from Integrated Test Range (ITR), Chandipur successfully.

The launches were carried out for a demonstration of vertical launch capability as part of its maiden launch campaign and the missiles intercepted the simulated targets with pinpoint accuracy. They were tested for minimum and maximum range. In Fresh trials planned, the British-made target drone Banshee will be used to simulate a sea-skimming missile and will also include live warheads this time.

Indigenously designed and developed by DRDO for the Navy, the VL-SRSAM is meant for neutralizing various aerial threats at close ranges, including sea-skimming targets and has a range of 40km. Once deployed in frontline warships, the VL-SRSAM system will prove to be a force multiplier for the Navy and will be replacing the aging Israeli Barak-1 Point air defense system and will be work with the Indo-Israeli LRSAM air defense system that has a range of 70-90km.

Indian Air Force (IAF) has been offered a Truck-based Mobile Canister VL-SRSAM system to be used as a Short-ranged air defense system against aerial threats for its forward airbases and infrastructure.

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