India tests indigenous Naval Anti-Ship Missile

India’s Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) and the Indian Navy have successfully conducted the maiden flight-test of indigenously-developed Naval Anti-Ship Missile (NASM). It was launched from an Indian Navy Sea King Mk 42B helicopter over the Integrated Test Range (ITR) at Chandipur, off the coast of Odisha, on May 18. Officials said that the mission met all its objectives. It is the first indigenous air launched anti-ship missile system to be developed for the Indian Navy.

Indian Navy Sea King launches NASM
Indian Navy Sea King Mk 42B IN529 launches the NASM over the Integrated Test Range (ITR) at Chandipur, off the coast of Odisha, on May 18 DRDO

The DRDO said the missile followed the desired sea skimming trajectory and reached the designated target with a 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 the impact point tracked the missile trajectory and captured all the events.

 The NASM employed many new technologies, including an indigenously developed launcher for the helicopter. The missile guidance system includes a state-of-the-art navigation system and integrated avionics. The flight test was witnessed by senior officers of both the DRDO and the Indian Navy. Defence Minister Raksha Mantri Shri Rajnath Singh congratulated the DRDO, Indian Navy and associated teams for the maiden developmental flight test. He said, India has attained a high level of capability in the indigenous design and development of missile systems.

Secretary Department of Defence R&D and Chairman DRDO Dr G Satheesh Reddy said he appreciated the efforts of the project team for successfully proving mission objectives. He complimented the Indian Navy and Naval Flight Test Squadron for their support to the project and said that the system will strengthen offensive capability of Indian Navy.