SOURCE: MAHESH SHETTI / FOR MY TAKE / IDRW.ORG
Indian Navy recently revealed plans to develop a ” Glidefire Surface to Surface Missile system with Indian Industry partners, initially, there was some level of confusion due to the mention of ” glide” with many assuming it will be a hypersonic projectile but since it will be developed with private sector company it became obvious that it won’t be the case. but now latest information that is coming in confirms that it will be a long-range, autonomous, precision-guided missile system meant to hit high-value maritime and land targets.
A Glidefire missile that can be launched from Universal Vertical Launcher Module (UVLM) from the frontline warship and will fly at a high subsonic speed that will have a range above 300km and will be equipped with a Digital Scene Matching Area Correlator (DSMAC) technology which automatically matches the target, as it zooms in, with the image that has been pre-fed, besides the GPS coordinates.
A Glidefire missile due to its small wings mission profile enables sea-skimming and terrain-following low-level flight above ground with real-time datalink support and full operational capability in Global Navigation Satellite System (GNSS)/ INS-denied arenas, in all weather conditions.
Glidefire missile won’t be comparable to the Naval Nirbhay Cruise missile that is under development, one for being short-ranged second that this can be adopted into a variety of warships like from Destroyers, Frigates, Corvettes, and Offshore patrol vessels.
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