Success For Indian Navy In Surface To Air Missile Launch By Aircraft Carrier INS Vikramaditya
Maiden test firing of surface-to-air missile system from INS Vikramaditya
New Delhi, 24 March 2017
The Indian Navy, on Wednesday, successfully conducted the maiden trial firing of newly installed Surface-to-Air missile system from its aircraft carrier INS Vikramaditya. “The missile is a reappropriated short range SAM system Barak from a front line frigate which got decommissioned recently”, a source informed National Defence.
During the firing carried out in the Arabian Sea, the missile was fired against a live low flying high speed target. The target was successfully engaged and destroyed.
The firing was conducted as part of the Operational Readiness Inspection of the Western Fleet by Vice Admiral Girish Luthra, Flag Officer Commanding-in-Chief, Western Naval Command, from 21 to 23 March. The missile marks a significant milestone in providing Air Interception and Defence capabilities, thus enhancing operational capabilities of the Navy’s aircraft carrier and the fleet.
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