With successful test-firing of several missiles, India asserts no compromise on its territorial integrity
First Published 7, Oct 2020, 2:14 PM
India has successfully conducted many missile tests in the last month or so. It is to be noted that these tests come at a time when the India-China standoff refuses to relent. This can also be viewed as a strong measure by India, to China that it can go any lengths to protect its territorial integrity
Dhruvastra: India has conducted three tests of its indigenously developed anti-tank guided missile Dhruvastra from the Integrated Test Range at Chandipur in Odisha. The sophisticated missile was test fired twice on July 15 and once on July 16 from the Integrated Test Range.
Prithvi-II: India test fired the indigenously developed on September 23. The successful night testfire of the nuclear capable surface-to-surface Prithvi-II missile was part of a user trial by the Army from a base in Odisha. The trial of the missile, which has a strike range of 350 KM, was carried out from a mobile launcher from launch complex-3 of Integrated Test Range ITR.
BrahMos: India successfully test fired a new version of the surface-to-surface supersonic cruise missile BrahMos having a range round 400km, on September 30. Officials said the missile's speed has been maintained at Mach 2.8 which is nearly three times that of sound.
Anti-tank missile: On September 23, an indigenously developed laser-guided anti-tank guided missile was successfully test fired by the DRDO at a firing range in Maharashtra's Ahmed Nagar. The weapon having a range of up to 4 km was test fired from an MBT Arjun Tank at the KK Ranges in Armoured Corps Centre and School in Ahmednagar.
Shaurya: Indigenously-developed nuclear-capable hypersonic missile Shaurya successfully was test-fired from the test range in Odisha. Shaurya, which is the land variant of the K-15 missile, has a strike range of 700 km to 1000 km and is capable of carrying payloads of at least 200 kg.
SMART: The Supersonic missile Assisted Release of Torpedo was successfully flight tested on October 5 from the Wheeler island off the Coast of Orisha. All mission objectives of Torpedo and development of Velocity Reduction Mechanism were met perfectly. SMART is a missile-assisted release of lightweight Anti-Submarine Torpedo System for Anti-Submarine Warfare operations far beyond Torpedo range. This launch and demonstration is significant in establishing Anti-Submarine warfare capabilities.