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Source: Kompas.com | Editor: Adi Wikanto
KONTAN.CO.ID – New Delhi. India’s military strength is getting stronger. Most recently, India successfully tested a long-range submarine destroyer missile. This new weapon is thought to deter enemy submarine attacks, especially from China.
India’s long distance crate is called the SMART (Supersonic Missile Assisted Release of Torpedo) system. These missiles are armed with torpedoes that could theoretically strike enemy submarines more than 643 kilometers away.
The test anti-submarine missile was launched from Wheeler Island off the coast of India’s Odisha state on Monday, the country’s defense ministry said in a statement. “These launches and demonstrations are important in building anti-submarine warfare capabilities,” the ministry said on Monday (5/10/2020), as quoted by CNN on Wednesday (7/10/2020).
It was also explained that all mission objectives, which include missile flight to a certain distance and altitude, nose cone separation, torpedo release, and the application of Velocity Reduction Mechanism (VRM) have been completely fulfilled.
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The use of supersonic missiles is said to extend the range of the torpedoes far beyond their normal parameters, the ministry said. “This will be a major technological breakthrough to enhance capabilities in anti-submarine warfare,” Indian Defense Minister Rajnath Singh said in a statement on Twitter.
According to an Indian defense industry report, the missile carries a battery-powered torpedo with a warhead of 50 kilograms and a range of about 20 kilometers. The missile uses it to approach targets with a wider range capability, up to more than 643 kilometers at 3 times the speed of sound, the report said.
Other countries, including Russia, the United States and Japan, are said to have missiles or rockets that can carry light torpedoes, but none come close to the range of these Indian weapons.
Editor: Adi Wikanto