LRSAM suc­cess­fully flight-tested


For the first time, long range sur­face-to-air-mis­sile (LRSAM), jointly de­signed and de­vel­oped by IAI, Is­rael and DRDO, has been suc­cess­fully flight-tested from an Is­raeli naval plat­form. The mis­sile suc­cess­fully en­gaged and de­stroyed the in­com­ing air tar­get. All the sub­sys­tems of the mis­sile per­formed as pre­dicted and achieved the de­sired goal of hit­ting the in­com­ing tar­get. DRDO has de­signed and de­vel­oped dual pulse propul­sion sys­tem and other safe arm mech­a­nisms for solid propul­sion sys­tem for the first time. This test from Is­rael naval plat­form achieved the ma­jor mile­stone in prov­ing the mis­sile sys­tem with com­plete par­tic­i­pa­tion of the Ship Borne Track­ing Equip­ment, etc.

The mis­sile con­fig­u­ra­tion is same for both LRSAM/MRSAM. Fur­ther op­er­a­tional flight tri­als (OFT) will be con­ducted shortly from In­dian naval plat­form be­fore in­duc­tion into the ser­vice. LRSAM will be in­ducted into In­dian Naval Ships (P-15A). The LRSAM pro­gramme con­sists of mis­siles, MFSTAR (Radar), weapon con­trol sys­tem, ver­ti­cal launcher unit and two-way data link. craft Di­rec­tion, the of­fi­cer has served in a large num­ber of op­er­a­tional naval ships. His im­por­tant spe­cial­ist ap­point­ments in­clude Nav­i­gat­ing Of­fi­cer of INS Kamorta (dur­ing Op Pawan), and De­stroyer Ran­jit, be­sides be­ing the Fleet Nav­i­gat­ing Of­fi­cer of Western Fleet dur­ing Op Parakram. The of­fi­cer has com­manded IN ships Veer (mis­sile ves­sel), Vind­hya­giri (fri­gate), Tr­ishul (guided mis­sile fri­gate) and Vi­raat (air­craft car­rier). The of­fi­cer has also been an in­struc­tor at NDA, Khadak­wasla, Nav­i­ga­tion & Di­rec­tion School, Kochi and Di­rect­ing Staff at DSSC Welling­ton. The of­fi­cer has served at Naval Head­quar­ters as Deputy Di­rec­tor and Prin­ci­pal Di­rec­tor at the Direc­torate of Naval Plans. He also set up the Direc­torate of Strat­egy, Con­cepts and Trans­for­ma­tion as the Prin­ci­pal Di­rec­tor.

The of­fi­cer earned his post-graduate de­gree from Madras Univer­sity dur­ing the DSSC Course at Welling­ton, wherein he was awarded the Scud­der Medal for stand­ing first in the course. The of­fi­cer has also earned a mas­ter’s de­gree in global se­cu­rity from Cran­field Univer­sity, UK. The of­fi­cer was awarded the Vishisht Seva Medal in 2011 for his ex­em­plary ser­vice to the na­tion.

He was pro­moted to Flag Rank in 2012 and has served in im­por­tant bil­lets of Flag Of­fi­cer AOB Project, As­sis­tant Chief of Naval Staff (Pol­icy and Plans) at Naval Head­quar­ters and Flag Of­fi­cer Com­mand­ing, East­ern Fleet.

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