India flight-tests helicopter-launched stand-off anti-tank (SANT) missile

India flight-tests helicopter-launched stand-off anti-tank (SANT) missile

Hummingbird News Desk

NEW DELHI, 11 DEC: India today successfully flight-tested the indigenously designed and developed Helicopter launched Stand-off Anti-tank (SANT) Missile from Pokhran ranges. Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) and Indian Air Force (IAF) flight-tested the missile in meeting all its mission objectives.

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The defence ministry said the release mechanism, advanced guidance and tracking algorithms, all avionics with integrated software, performed satisfactorily and tracking systems monitored all mission events. The missile is equipped with a state-of-the-art MMW seeker which provides high precision strike capability from a safe distance. The weapon can neutralise targets in a range up to 10 kms. 

The SANT missile has been designed and developed by Research Centre Imarat (RCI), Hyderabad in coordination with other DRDO labs and participation from industries. This is the third in the series of indigenous stand-off weapons to be tested in recent times after long range bomb and smart anti airfield weapon for strengthening the arsenal of IAF, the defence ministry said.

The indigenous development of various configurations for different applications with advanced technologies is a firm march towards ‘Aatmanirbharta’ in defence, the ministry added. 

Defence Minister Rajnath Singh has congratulated the team associated with the mission. Secretary Department of Defence R&D and Chairman DRDO Dr G Satheesh Reddy said the successful flight test of SANT missile would further bolster the indigenous defence capabilities.

Tags: #DRDO #IAF #SANTmissile

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