DRDO has accomplished a successful trial of its missile-assisted torpedo release system,
DRDO has accomplished a successful trial of its missile-assisted torpedo release system,
boosting the Navy's anti-submarine warfare capabilities. The Defence Ministry announced that the system, designed and developed by DRDO, was tested on Wednesday.

Named the Supersonic Missile-Assisted Release of Torpedo (SMART) system, it offers a significant advancement in launching lightweight torpedoes, capable of targeting submarines hundreds of kilometers away, surpassing the traditional range. It serves as a rapid response tool in situations where immediate action against detected enemy submarines is required, especially in the absence of other available assets.

The trial, conducted around 8:30 a.m., saw the system launched from a ground mobile launcher situated at Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam Island off the Odisha coast. This canister-based missile system incorporates advanced subsystems, including two-stage solid propulsion and precision inertial navigation. Its payload consists of an advanced lightweight torpedo missile, released via a parachute-based mechanism.

Various cutting-edge mechanisms, such as symmetric separation, ejection, and velocity control, were validated during the test, affirming the system's effectiveness.

Defence Minister Rajnath Singh commended DRDO for the successful trial, highlighting SMART's potential to bolster the Navy's capabilities.

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