The Defense Development and Research Organization (DRDO) on Monday successfully test-fired a Long Range Supersonic Missile Assisted Torpedo (SMART) off the Balasore coast in Odisha. DRDO said the system has been designed to enhance the anti-submarine warfare capabilities that are far beyond the range of conventional torpedoes.
It is a kind of supersonic anti-ship missile. It is fitted with a low weight torpedo which is used as a payload. Together they make it a supersonic anti-submarine missile. It will also get the features of missiles and the ability to destroy submarines. When fully ready, it will have a range of 650 km.
The presence of a system with such a high range will push the Indian Navy higher in the list of most dangerous navies in the world. It is noteworthy that the country already has an anti-submarine torpedo named Varunastra which can hit its target with the help of GPS (Global Positioning System). The Smart is much lighter in comparison.