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SMART System

2nd May, 2024 Security

SMART System

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  • The supersonic Missile-Assisted Release of the Torpedo system was successfully flight-tested by DRDO off the Odisha coast.

Supersonic Missile-Assisted Release of Torpedo System:

  • SMART is a next-generation missile-based lightweight torpedo delivery system.
  • It was designed and developed by the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) to enhance the anti-submarine warfare capability of the Indian Navy far beyond the conventional range of lightweight torpedoes.
  • This canister-based missile system consists of several advanced sub-systems, namely a two-stage solid propulsion system, electromechanical actuator system, precision inertial navigation system, etc.
  • The system carries an advanced lightweight torpedo as a payload along with a parachute-based release system.
  • The missile is launched from the ground mobile launcher.

About Torpedoes:

  • Torpedoes are self‐propelled, underwater projectiles that can be launched from ships and aircraft.
  • They are designed to detonate on contact or in close proximity to a target.
  • The Indian Navy deploys its torpedoes from maritime patrol aircraft, embarked helicopters and surface/subsurface platforms.

Examples: Sheyna and Varunastra.




Q)In light of the development of the Supersonic Missile-Assisted Release of Torpedo System (SMART) by the DRDO, analyze its significance in augmenting the Indian Navy's anti-submarine warfare capabilities and discuss its technological components and deployment mechanisms.(250 words)