New Delhi: India has successfully testfired quick reaction surface to air missile off the coast of Odisha. Two missiles were tested by the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) for the missile being developed for the Army, reported ANI on Tuesday. (Also read: ISRO’s New Rocket SSLV to Fly Two Defence Satellites This Year) Also Read - Coronavirus: DRDO Lab in Hyderabad Develops 'Contactless Sanitiser' to Disinfect Phones, iPads
Just last week, the DRDO had successfully test fired Long Range Surface to Air Missile (LR-SAM) from naval warship INS Chennai. The test was conducted off the coast of Odisha. Also Read - DRDO Develops WiFi-Enabled UV Disinfection Tower For Sanitising Coronavirus-Prone Areas
The LR-SAM hit a low flying aerial target during the test. Following the test fire, the Defence Ministry called it a “significant milestone” on Twitter. Also Read - DRDO CEPTAM 2019: Result of Tier-1 Exam Announced, Check on drdo.gov.in
Congratulating the DRDO and the Navy for the “landmark achievement”, Defence Minister Nirmala Seetharaman tweeted from her official handle, “India achieves a significant milestone with successful flight test of LRSAM on board INS Chennai. The missile directly hit a low flying aerial target. Smt @nsitharaman congratulates @DRDO_India, @indiannavy , the industry and other stakeholders for this landmark achievement.”
Only last month, a parliamentary panel has slammed the DRDO for procuring a mobile nitrogen gas generator plant and not using it for over three years. The report on ‘Avoidable Procurement of a Mobile Nitrogen Gas Generator Plant’, tabled before the Lok Sabha in December, said nitrogen gas is critical to keeping Arjun MBT tanks in war-fit condition.
It is necessary for achieving the cushioning effect of the hydro-gas suspension unit for the functioning of the braking system under the dynamic condition and to keep the gunners’ main sight moisture free, the report said.