DRDO successfully tests missile-assisted torpedo release system | Technology News

The Defense Research and Development Organization (DRDO) Wednesday tested a next-generation torpedo release system aimed at boosting the Navy’s anti-submarine warfare capabilities, the Defense Ministry said.

The Supersonic Missile-Assisted Release of Torpedo (SMART) system has been designed and developed by the DRDO. This missile-based mechanism to launch lightweight torpedoes can target submarines hundreds of kilometers away — far beyond the conventional range of lightweight torpedoes. It will be particularly employed in the absence of other assets for immediate action when an enemy submarine is detected.

The system, which can be launched from both coasts and warships, was successfully flight-tested at around 8.30 am from a ground mobile launcher from the Dr APJ Abdul Kalam Island off the Odisha coast, according to the ministry.

The canister-based missile system consists of several advanced subsystems including two-stage solid propulsion and precision inertial navigation. It carries an advanced lightweight torpedo missile as a payload along with a parachute-based release mechanism.

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Several state-of-the-art mechanisms, such as symmetric separation, ejection and velocity control, have been validated with this test.

Defense Minister Rajnath Singh praised the DRDO on the successful flight test and said SMART would enhance the Navy’s strength.