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Vikash Sharma

In a major boost to India's missile development programme, the supersonic missile assisted torpedo system developed by the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) was successfully launched from Wheeler Island in Odisha on Monday.

Official sources said that the system is a next generation missile-based standoff torpedo delivery system.

“During the mission, full range capability of the missile was successfully demonstrated. The system has been designed to enhance anti-submarine warfare capability far beyond the conventional range of the torpedo,” a PIB release read.

This was a text book launch where the entire trajectory was monitored by the electro optic telemetry system, various range radars, including the down range instrumentation and down range ships. The missile carried a torpedo parachute delivery system and release mechanisms.

This canister-based missile system consists of advanced technologies - two stage solid propulsion, electro-mechanical actuators and precision inertial navigation. The missile is launched from ground mobile launcher and it can cover a range of distances.

A number of DRDO laboratories developed various technologies for this advanced missile system.

On December 8, the air version of BrahMos supersonic cruise missile was successfully test-fired from Sukhoi 30 MK-I off Odisha coast. The missile which was launched from the aircraft followed the pre-planned trajectory and met all the mission objectives. The air version of BrahMos was last flight tested in July 2021.

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