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.