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Indian DRDO successfully launches Supersonic missile assisted torpedo system.

| 2021

According to information published by the Indian government on December 13, 2021, Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) developed a supersonic missile-assisted torpedo system that was successfully launched from Wheeler Island in Odisha.
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Russian Vyborg Shipyard laid the Purga ice class coastguard ship of project 23550 925 001 Launch of the missile from Wheeler Island in Odisha. (Picture source: Indian Ministry of Defense)

The system is a next-generation missile-based standoff torpedo delivery system. During the mission, the 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.

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

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

Developed by Defence Research Development Laboratory (DRDL), Naval Science and Technological Laboratory (NSTL) and Research Centre Imarat (RCI) as part of fusion project to combine technologies of institutions dealing with land and naval-based armaments.

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