Just after the successful test of the new version of Shaurya hypersonic missile, the Indian Defense Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) has tested the Supersonic Missile Assisted Release of Torpedo (SMART) system on Monday.
The tests were conducted from Wheeler Island, off the coast of the Indian state of Odisha, informed the organization.
Congratulating DRDO upon the occasion, the Indian Defense Minister Rajnath Singh tweeted:
According to the press release, the test parameters were met successfully by the system and will help increase the range of torpedoes, enhancing the Indian Navy’s capabilities to engage enemy submarines from a greater distance.
“All the mission objectives including missile flight upto the range and altitude, separation of the nose cone, release of Torpedo and deployment of Velocity Reduction Mechanism (VRM) have been met perfectly,” it said.
The SMART is a missile assisted release of lightweight Anti-Submarine Torpedo System for Anti-Submarine Warfare (ASW) operations far beyond the Torpedo range. “It is like giving a booster to the torpedo,” said an expert.
The DRDO’s Chairman G Satheesh Reddy stated that the SMART is a “game-changer” technology demonstration in anti-submarine warfare.
The Indian DRDO has been on a spree to test and develop new technologies and improvise existing ones after the “Aatmnirbhar Bharat” drive started by the government. Recently, India had test-fired a newer and lighter version of the Hypersonic “Shaurya” nuclear-capable missile, which was said to successfully meet all required parameters and aid India in its nuclear weapons delivery. Tests were conducted for supersonic BrahMos missile too, which could strike targets at ranges up to 400 kilometers with pinpoint accuracy, giving it an increase of 100 kilometers compared to the previous iterations.
Successful tests for Hypersonic Technology Demonstrator Vehicle (HSTDV) were also carried out earlier in September when the vehicle achieved a velocity of 2 kilometers per second. Later on 22nd September and on 1st October a Cannon-Launched Guided Missile was also test-fired from the Arjun tank, giving it the crucial ability after the Israeli LAHAT missile failed to achieve satisfactory results from the rifled barrel of the Indian tank.
The tests come at a time when India and China (PRC) are facing each other eye to eye in a standoff at their Himalayan borders. One of the skirmishes took place in the late hours of 15th June resulted in 20 Indian and an unspecified number of PLA troops. It was also reported that India had deployed its Nirbhay and BrahMos cruise missiles along the LAC to mirror similar Chinese deployments. You can read the full report about the deployments here.