|The feat is a technological breakthrough in ASW, Rajnath Singh said (Representational image)/ Indian Navy | Photo Credit: ANI|
New Delhi: The Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO), on Monday, successfully flight-tested supersonic missile assisted release of 'SMART' torpedo. The system, Supersonic Missile Assisted Release of Torpedo (SMART) was successfully flight-tested on Monday at 11.45 am from Wheeler Island off the coast of Odisha, DRDO said.
"This launch and demonstration are significant in establishing anti-submarine warfare capabilities," the Ministry of Defence stated, agencies reported.
Congratulating the defence research agency, Defence Minister Rajnath Singh said that achievement is a major 'technology- breakthrough' for India's capability in anti-submarine warfare (ASW). "DRDO has successfully flight-tested Supersonic Missile assisted release of Torpedo, SMART. This will be a major technology breakthrough for stand-off capability in anti-submarine warfare. I congratulate DRDO & other stakeholders for the achievement," Rajnath Singh said in a tweet.
#WATCH: Supersonic Missile Assisted Release of Torpedo (SMART) successfully flight tested today from Wheeler Island off the coast of Odisha. It's a missile assisted release of lightweight Anti-Submarine Torpedo System for Anti Submarine Warfare operations far beyond Torpedo range pic.twitter.com/Ts1Ev4uYne— ANI (@ANI) October 5, 2020
Another step towards Aatmanirbhar Bharat: Javadekar
Union Minister Prakash Javadekar also welcomed the development as an achievement in light of Aatmanirbhar Bharat. "Successful flight test of Supersonic Missile assisted release of Torpedo, SMART, is a big technology breakthrough in anti-submarine warfare. Congratulations to @DRDO_India scientists for this rare feat. Another firm step towards Aatmanirbhar Bharat," he said in a tweet.
The latest feat by DRDO may be viewed on a backdrop of a series of milestones by India's premier defence research agency in the recent past.