New Delhi: The Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) has successfully test fired Long Range Surface to Air Missile (LR-SAM) from naval warship INS Chennai, reported ANI on Thursday. The test was conducted off the coast of Odisha.

The LR-SAM hit a low flying aerial target during the test. Following the test fire, the Defence Ministry called it a “significant milestone” posted on microblogging site Twitter.

Congratulated the DRDO and the Indian 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 cushioning effect of the hydro-gas suspension unit for the functioning of the braking system under dynamic condition and to keep the gunners’ main sight moisture free, the report said.

It said the Combat Vehicles Research and Development Establishment (CVRDE) placed an order for development of a mobile gas plant at a cost of Rs 97.33 lakh despite no demand from the Army. The committee said the development of the gas plant by the CVRDE was unwarranted as a plant had already been developed by the firm M/s GEM Pressure Systems for the DRDO in July 2010.