DRDO successfully test fired indigenously designed & developed Vertical Launch Short Range Surface to Air Missile (VL-SRSAM) for Indian Navy.
DRDO launched 2 missile. On both occasions, the missiles intercepted the simulated targets with pinpoint accuracy. The missiles were tested for minimum and maximum range.
VL-SRSAM is a vertically launched variant of Astra Air-to-Air missile. It is capable of neutralising aerial threats at the maximum range of 40 KM.
VL-Astra will help the Navy to add an extra layer of Air Defence Systems which will complement the LRSAM Barak-8 in Naval warships.
There will be another truck mounted variant of VL-SRSAM for Indian Air Force.
The present trials have proved the effectiveness of the weapon system and few more trials will be conducted shortly before deployment on Indian Naval ships.