In News: India has successfully flight-tested the Vertical Launch Short Range Surface to Air Missile (VL-SRSAM) from a ship at Integrated Test Range (ITR), Chandipur, off the coast of Odisha.
- The VL-SRSAM, a ship-borne weapon system, is meant for neutralising various aerial threats at close ranges, including sea-skimming targets.
- The weapon system will prove to be a force-multiplier for the Indian Navy.
- Designed to strike at the high-speed airborne targets at the range of 40km to 50km and at an altitude of around 15km.
- Two key features of the VL-SRSAM are cruciform wings and thrust vectoring.
- VL-SRSAM is a canisterised system, which means it is stored and operated from specially designed compartments. In the canister, the inside environment is controlled, thus making its transport and storage easier and improving the shelf life of weapons.