To construct Imaging Infra-Red (IIR) Seeker Systems for Naval Anti-ship Missiles, DRDO will choose private sector defence companies. According to reports, the chosen manufacturer will first deliver 16 units. The system’s design will come from DRDO, and it will be produced in accordance with established requirements.
The indigenously produced Naval anti-ship missile NASM-SR was successfully tested for the first time in May 2022 by the Defence Research and Development Organization (DRDO) and the Indian Navy. It was fired from a helicopter from the Integrated Test Range (ITR) in Chandipur.
It is the Indian Navy’s first homegrown short-range anti-ship missile weapon that is air fired.
According to the Navy, the missile test demonstrated a sea-skimming trajectory and accurately hit the intended target, confirming the control, guidance, and mission algorithms.
Importantly, the missile made use of the launcher for the helicopter that was locally manufactured. Modern avionics are integrated with the missile guiding system’s navigation system. The DRDO is attempting to replace the terminal IIR seeker, which is imported from a foreign supplier, with an indigenous device.
The Navy will replace its sea eagle missiles with the 55 km-range Naval Anti-Ship Missile (Short Range) (NASM-SR). According to reports, MH-60R helicopters will be used to host the NASM-SR.
It has a warhead capacity of 100 kg and a subsonic speed of 0.8 Mach. The new missile is expected to increase the Indian Navy’s capacity for offence. When making a final approach to the target, it can skim 5 metres above sea level from a maximum launch altitude of 3 kilometres.
It can be fired at a ship in the water from the shore. A large ship might be strategically targeted in key locations, rendering it unusable.
It should be mentioned that the DRDO has created Imaging Infra-Red (IIR) Seeker systems for the Nag, HELINA, and MPATGM Anti-Tank Guided Missiles. Additionally, IIR Seekers have been successfully tested in Mission Shakti’s Exo-Atmospheric Interceptor PDV and Anti Satellite Test (ASAT).