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India Test Fires Vertical Launch Surface-to-Air Missile 

India’s Defence Research and Development flight tested the Vertical Launch Short Range Surface to Air Missile Tuesday.

India’s Ministry of Defence revealed that the surface-to-air missile was launched from a “vertical launcher against an electronic target at a very low altitude,” validating the integrated functioning of all the weapon’s components, including the launcher, canisterised flight vehicle, and weapon control system. It was the second test of the ship-launched missile.

“The flight path of the vehicle along with health parameters were monitored using a number of tracking instruments deployed by ITR, Chandipur. All sub-systems performed as per expectation,” the ministry wrote.         

Can Detect Highly Maneuverable Targets

With a range of 15 km (9.3 miles), the indigenously-developed missile is designed to neutralize close-range aerial threats, including hard-to-detect sea-skimming missiles. The weapon is equipped with an active high-end radio frequency seeker to detect highly maneuverable targets with low radar cross-sections.

According to Indian news outlet The Week, the missile could replace the Israeli Barak 1 missile currently deployed on Indian Navy vessels.

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