Indian Navy, DRDO test indigenously developed naval anti-ship missile

Indian Navy in association with Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) successfully undertook Guided Flight Trials of the first indigenously developed Naval Anti-Ship Missile from the Sea King 42B helicopter on 21 November 23.

This follows after its initial trials were conducted in May last year.

Previously, in May 2022, this Naval Anti-Ship Missile Short Range (NASM-SR) underwent its inaugural test, fired from a Seaking helicopter of the Indian Navy at the integrated test range (ITR) at Chandipur off the Odisha coast.

The missile integrates various advanced technologies, featuring an indigenous launcher for the helicopter and a guidance system comprising cutting-edge navigation and integrated avionics.

Moreover, the Indian Navy announced in October its preparations for the inaugural trial of a new Long Range Anti-Ship Missile, developed by DRDO, with a range of 500 km—surpassing that of the BrahMos missile.

BrahMos, an Indo-Russian cruise missile, originally possessed a range of 290 km but now boasts an extended range of 350 to 400 km.

About Naval Anti-Ship Missile Short Range (NASM-SR)

NASM–SR or Naval Anti-Ship Missile–Short Range is a helicopter launched anti-ship missile being developed by the DRDO for the Indian Navy.

It is the first indigenous air launched anti-ship cruise missile developed for the Indian Navy.

Further, the missile employes many new technologies, including an indigenously developed launcher for the helicopter.

Also, the missile guidance system includes state-of-the-art navigation system and integrated avionics.