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India carries out second test of SMART missile-assisted torpedo

India SMART torpedo test
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India’s Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) has carried out the second test of a torpedo system assisted by a supersonic missile in as many years.

The latest test took place at Wheeler Island in Odisha on December 13, and saw the supersonic missile assisted torpedo system (SMART) demonstrate its full range capability. The entire trajectory of the test was monitored by the electro optic telemetry, various range radars, including the down range instrumentation and down range ships. The missile carried a torpedo, parachute delivery system and release mechanisms, DRDO said.

The first test occurred in October last year at the same test range.

The missile-based standoff torpedo delivery system has been designed to enhance anti-submarine warfare capability far beyond the conventional range of the torpedo.

It consists of two stage solid propulsion, electro-mechanical actuators and precision inertial navigation. The torpedo is launched from a ground mobile launcher and can cover a range of distances.

DRDO chairman Dr. G Satheesh Reddy congratulated all those involved in the successful test. He said the system would further enhance the strength of the Indian Navy and promote self-reliance in defense.