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The Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) is gearing up for additional testing of its Naval Anti-Ship Missile – Short Range (NASM-SR) in 2024. The upcoming tests are intended to validate all technical parameters of the missile, with a particular focus on achieving its maximum range of 55 kilometers. This initiative comes following the successful flight test conducted by DRDO in November, during which the missile demonstrated a range of 35 kilometers.

The NASM-SR is a formidable naval anti-ship missile designed to enhance the capabilities of the Indian Navy. It is propelled by two two-stage solid propulsion systems, featuring an in-line ejectable booster and a long-burn sustainer. These advanced propulsion systems contribute to the missile’s agility and effectiveness in engaging maritime targets.

DRDO achieved a significant milestone in November with the successful flight testing of the NASM-SR missile from the Integrated Test Range (ITR). During this test, the missile was evaluated for a range of 35 kilometers, showcasing its precision and operational effectiveness. The use of an indigenous Infrared (IR) Seeker for Terminal Guidance in the ‘Lock-on after Launch’ mode demonstrated the missile’s sophisticated targeting capabilities.

In the upcoming tests planned for 2024, DRDO aims to push the limits of the NASM-SR missile, striving to meet the full spectrum of technical parameters, including achieving its maximum range of 55 kilometers. This extended testing phase is crucial for ensuring that the missile performs optimally under various conditions, contributing to its reliability and effectiveness in real-world scenarios.

The NASM-SR holds strategic importance for the Indian Navy, offering a potent solution for countering maritime threats. As the naval landscape evolves, the development and testing of advanced anti-ship missiles become integral to maintaining naval supremacy and safeguarding maritime interests.

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