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SMART (Supersonic Missile Assisted Release of Torpedo) system

Why is it in the news?

  • The Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) conducted a successful flight test of the SMART system from Dr APJ Abdul Kalam Island, off the coast of Odisha.

 About SMART

  • The SMART (Supersonic Missile Assisted Release of Torpedo) system is a next-generation missile-based lightweight torpedo delivery system.
  • It can be launched from both coasts and warships, enhancing the anti-submarine warfare capability of the Indian Navy.
  • The SMART system comprises:

1) A long-range supersonic missile carrier capable of traveling up to 643 km.

2) A lightweight torpedo with a range of 20 km.

3) A 50 kg high-explosive warhead as the payload.

  • It utilizes a two-stage solid propulsion system, electromechanical actuators, precision inertial navigation, and a datalink.
  • These components enable mid-course updates and terminal homing of the torpedo, enhancing its accuracy and effectiveness.

Significance:

  • The SMART system significantly extends the anti-submarine warfare capability of the Indian Navy beyond conventional ranges.
  • It plays a crucial role in countering potential threats, particularly from adversaries like China in the Indian Ocean region.

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