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DRDO successfully tests Supersonic Missile-Assisted Release of Torpedo system

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New Delhi: The Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) successfully flight-tested the Supersonic Missile-Assisted Release of Torpedo (SMART) system from Dr APJ Abdul Kalam Island off the coast of Odisha early Wednesday morning.

Designed and developed by DRDO, SMART is a next-generation missile-based light-weight torpedo delivery system that will enhance the anti-submarine warfare capability of the Indian Navy far beyond the conventional range of lightweight torpedo, a Defence Ministry statement said.

This canister-based missile system consists of several advanced sub-systems, namely two-stage solid propulsion system, electromechanical actuator system, precision inertial navigation system etc.

The system carries advanced light-weight torpedo as payload along with parachute-based release system.

The missile was launched from the ground mobile launcher. Several state-of-the-art mechanisms such as symmetric separation, ejection and velocity control have been validated in this test.

Meanwhile, Defence Minister Rajnath Singh while complimenting the DRDO and the industry partners on the successful flight-test of SMART said, “The development of the system will further enhance the strength of our Navy”.

Secretary, Department of Defence R&D and Chairman DRDO Samir V Kamat also lauded the synergistic efforts of the entire SMART team and urged it to continue on the path of excellence.

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