The Indian Navy, in collaboration with the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO), successfully executed Guided Flight Trials for the inaugural indigenously crafted Naval Anti-Ship Missile on November 21, launched from a Seaking 42B helicopter. It marks a significant milestone, representing the Indian Navy’s first domestically produced air-launched anti-ship missile system. In an official statement, the Indian Navy emphasised the achievement: “This firing is a significant step towards achieving self-reliance in niche missile technology, including seeker and guidance tech.”
The latest trial demonstrated precise target acquisition, building on the success of the maiden flight trial held in May 2022 from a naval helicopter at the Integrated Test Range (ITR) in Chandipur, off the coast of Odisha. During this trial, the missile flawlessly adhered to the intended sea-skimming trajectory, reaching the designated target with exceptional accuracy. The validation of control, guidance, and mission algorithms, along with the satisfactory performance of all sub-systems, was confirmed. Sensors strategically positioned across the test range and near the impact point meticulously tracked the missile’s trajectory, capturing all significant events.
India has now achieved a commendable level of expertise in the independent design and development of missile systems. This newly developed missile system will enhance the offensive capabilities of the Indian Navy. Incorporating various innovative technologies, including a locally developed launcher for the helicopter, the missile’s guidance system integrates a state-of-the-art navigation system and advanced avionics. This successful endeavour reflects India’s commitment to advancing indigenous technological prowess in defence capabilities.