In news– Recently, Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) and Indian Navy have successfully flight tested the Vertical Launch Short Range Surface to Air Missile (VL-SRSAM) off the coast of Chandipur in Odisha.
About VL-SRSAM system-
- VL-SRSAM is a quick reaction surface-to-air missile.
- It is an indigenously developed shipborne weapon system and it has been designed to strike at the high-speed airborne targets at the range of 40km to 50km and at an altitude of around 15km.
- It is meant for neutralising various aerial threats at close ranges including sea-skimming targets.
- Two key features of the VL-SRSAM are cruciform wings and thrust vectoring.
- The key DRDO facilities that contributed to the development of the system are Defence Research and Development Laboratory (DRDL) and Research Centre Imarat (RCI), both from Hyderabad, and Research & Development Establishment (Engineers) based in Pune.
- It is a canisterised system, which means it is stored and operated from specially designed compartments.
- In the canister, the inside environment is controlled, thus making its transport and storage easier and improving the shelf life of weapons.
- With lock on before launch (LOBL) and lock on after launch (LOAL) capability, the missile receives mid-course update via datalink.
- VL-SRSAM intended to replace the older Barak 1 surface to air missile system onboard Indian Navy warships.
Quick Reaction Surface to Air Missile System (QRSAM)-
- QRSAM is designed to protect moving armoured columns from aerial attacks.
- The entire weapon system is configured on highly mobile platforms and is capable of providing air defence on the move.
- QRSAM Weapon Systems is being inducted into the Indian Army.
- The Missile is canisterised for transportation and launch using a mobile launcher capable of carrying 6 canisterised missiles.
- QSRAM is a missile developed by:
- Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO)
- Bharat Electronics Limited
- Bharat Dynamics Limited for the Indian Army.
- The missile is propelled by a single stage solid propellant rocket motor and uses all indigenous subsystems.