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First India-made anti-ship missile aces flight test

DRDO & Indian Navy conduct successful maiden flight-test of indigenously-developed Naval Anti-Ship Missile off Odisha coast.

Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) and Indian Navy successfully conducted the maiden flight-test of an indigenously developed anti-ship missile launched from a helicopter at Integrated Test Range (ITR), Chandipur off the coast of Odisha on Wednesday.

The mission met all its objectives. It is the first India-made air launched anti-ship missile system for the Navy, according to a defence ministry statement.

The missile followed the desired sea skimming trajectory and reached the designated target with high degree of accuracy, validating the control, guidance and mission algorithms. All the sub-systems performed satisfactorily. The sensors deployed across the test range and near impact point tracked the missile trajectory and captured all the events, the official statement explained.

The missile employed many new technologies, including an indigenously developed launcher for the helicopter.

The missile guidance system includes state-of-the-art navigation system and integrated avionics. The flight test was witnessed by senior officers of DRDO and the Indian Navy.

Defence Minister Rajnath Singh congratulated DRDO, Indian Navy and the associated teams for the maiden developmental flight test.

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