DRDO Successfully Tests Next-Generation Torpedo Release System for Navy’s Anti-Submarine Warfare

DRDO Successfully Tests Next-Generation Torpedo Release System for Navy’s Anti-Submarine Warfare

The Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) conducted a test of a next-generation torpedo release system aimed at enhancing the Navy’s anti-submarine warfare capabilities, as announced by the Defence Ministry.

Development of SMART System:

  • The Supersonic Missile-Assisted Release of Torpedo (SMART) system has been developed by the DRDO.
  • It is designed to launch lightweight torpedoes using a missile-based mechanism.
  • The system extends the range of targeting submarines beyond the conventional limits of lightweight torpedoes.

Functionality and Deployment:

  • The SMART system can target submarines located hundreds of kilometers away.
  • It is particularly useful when immediate action is necessary upon detecting an enemy submarine, especially in the absence of other assets.
  • The system is capable of deployment from both coasts and warships.

Test and Validation:

  • The system was successfully flight-tested at around 8.30 am from a ground mobile launcher located at the Dr APJ Abdul Kalam Island off the Odisha coast.
  • Various advanced subsystems are integrated into the canister-based missile system, including two-stage solid propulsion and precision inertial navigation.
  • The system carries an advanced lightweight torpedo missile as its payload, coupled with a parachute-based release mechanism.
  • State-of-the-art mechanisms such as symmetric separation, ejection, and velocity control were validated during the test.


  • Defence Minister Rajnath Singh commended the DRDO for the successful flight test of the SMART system.
  • He emphasized that SMART would bolster the Navy’s capabilities.

Multiple Choice Questions (MCQs) with Answers:

  1. Who developed the Supersonic Missile-Assisted Release of Torpedo (SMART) system?
    a) Indian Navy
    b) DRDO
    c) Indian Air Force
    d) Indian Army
    Answer: b) DRDO
  2. What is the main purpose of the SMART system?
    a) Airborne reconnaissance
    b) Landmine detection
    c) Anti-submarine warfare
    d) Surface-to-air defense
    Answer: c) Anti-submarine warfare
  3. Where was the SMART system flight-tested?
    a) Chennai
    b) Mumbai
    c) Dr APJ Abdul Kalam Island
    d) Andaman and Nicobar Islands
    Answer: c) Dr APJ Abdul Kalam Island
  4. What advanced mechanism is NOT integrated into the SMART system?
    a) Precision inertial navigation
    b) Symmetric separation
    c) Parachute-based release
    d) Rocket-assisted launch
    Answer: d) Rocket-assisted launch