Guided Flight Trials of Indigenous Anti-Ship Missile

  • 23 Nov 2023

In a significant stride towards bolstering self-reliance, on 21st Nov, the Indian Navy collaborated with the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) to achieve successful Guided Flight Trials of the first domestically developed Naval Anti-Ship Missile.

Key Points

  • Long-Range Anti-Ship Missile (LRASM): DRDO gears up to test the long-awaited LRASM, poised to extend the Navy's capabilities in ship-based missile systems.
  • The missile may boast a range surpassing 500 kilometres, exceeding the BrahMos supersonic cruise missile's range of 350-400 kilometres.
  • Previous Milestones: In May 2022, India successfully tested its first indigenously crafted anti-ship missile categorized as 'Naval Anti-ship Missile-short range' (NASM-SR).
  • Weighing 380 kilograms with a 55-kilometer range, NASM-SR is deployable from attack helicopters.
  • MRSAM Validation: The Indian Navy validates the Medium Range Surface-to-Air Missile (MRSAM) during firing from INS Visakhapatnam in March.
  • Developed jointly by DRDO and Israeli Aerospace Industries, MRSAM demonstrates the ability to engage Anti-Ship Missiles, emphasizing air defence capabilities.
  • About MRSAM: Designed to hit multiple targets within a 70-kilometer range, MRSAM integrates advanced components such as Combat Management System, Mobile Launcher Systems, Long Range Radar, and Rocket Motor.
  • The joint venture between DRDO, Israeli Aerospace Industries, and Indian defence industry partners underscores the nation's commitment to technological advancements.