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Anti-ship missile tested by Navy

Date: 25 May 2022 Tags: Military

Issue

Indigenously developed Naval Anti-Ship Missile (Short Range) or NASM-SR was tested by the Indian Navy.

 

Background

The missile was tested from a Sea King helicopter at the Integrated Test Range in Balasore, Odisha. 

 

Details

  • The Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) has developed the NASM-SR. It was mentioned for the first time in 2018.

  • The NASM-SR, having a range of 55 km and weight of 385 kg, will replace the Sea Eagle missiles that are currently in use with the Navy.  

  • The NASM-SR is expected to be used with the new MH-60R multi-role helicopters, which are being inducted into the Navy.

 

Features

  • The missile will carry a warhead of 100 kg and has sub-sonic capabilities. This feature makes it difficult for the naval vessels on target to detect it.

  • It can move along a path of 5 metres above sea level and has a launch altitude of maximum of 3 km.

  • The missile can be fired from the shore to target vessels in the sea.

 

Effectiveness

  • The NASM-SR can be used effectively against smaller vessels like patrol boats and can also cause widespread damage on larger vessels. 

  • The missile can be targeted on specific parts of a ship like the ones where fuel and ammunition is stored.

  • A moderate strike by a missile will be enough to sink a ship due to the implosion caused by on-board fuel and ammunition.

 

Benefit

The missile is light-weight, which allows it to be carried by helicopters and in turn gives Naval Commanders more options to choose from in the tactical battlefield on the seas.