The DRDO-developed Naval Anti-Ship Missile (NASM) has been completed, and integration with the Sea King helicopter has commenced. The DRDO was working on a Naval Short Range Anti-Ship Missile (NASM-SR) with a range of 55 kilometres for use with Sea King helicopters and maybe in the future with MH-60R helicopters or the Dhruv helicopter.
The Naval Anti-Ship Missile SR’s existence was exposed in the Lok Sabha in 2018. Nirmala Sitharaman, the Raksha Mantri, included this in a list of DRDO and other Indian institution developments over the last three years (January 2016-December 2018). At DefExpo 2020, the first elements were revealed.
This idea could be developed for a variety of platforms with varying price points. The abbreviation ‘SR’ stands for ‘Short Range,’ implying that other, longer-range variants will be developed as well.
The NASM-SR, according to DRDO, will be a 380 kilogramme projectile with a maximum range of 55 kilometres that will initially be utilised with the Indian Navy’s Sea King helicopters, replacing the previous Sea Eagle missiles. Because the Sea King is nearing the end of its service life, the new indigenous missile is expected to be used by the Navy’s future helicopters.
The NASM-SR, according to DRDO, will be a 380 kilogramme projectile with a maximum range of 55 kilometres that will be used to replace the previous Sea Eagle missiles on Indian Navy Sea King helicopters. Given that the Sea King is nearing the end of its service life, the new indigenous missile is likely to be deployed with future Navy helicopters.
The Indian Navy is now in the process of buying MH-60R multi-role helicopters, which will be outfitted with Kongsberg Naval Strike Missiles. MBDA also pitched the Sea Venom with a range of 25 kilometres and the Marte ER with a range of more than 100 kilometres for the Indian Navy’s IMRH procurement.
The NASM SR is a viable option for these powerful systems. The long-range variant of the NASM could have a range of more than 150 kilometres, allowing it to engage hostile targets from afar. Several posters of a one-tonne class medium range air launched cruise missile were on display at the DRDO booth at Aero India 2019, yet nothing was known about this nameless stealth missile.
The multi-role MH-60R helicopter, built in the United States, is scheduled to arrive in July 2022 and will be outfitted with the Kongsberg Naval Strike Missile. MBDA also pitched the Sea Venom, which has a range of 25 kilometres, and the Marte-ER, which has a range of over 100 kilometres, for the Indian Navy’s IMRH procurement.