Balasore: – Stand-off Anti-Tank Missile (SANT) was successfully test fired on Monday on the Odisha coast. In the last few days, the Indian defence forces have tested 12 missiles. These missile tests become significant against the background of the tension reigning between India and China.
Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) tested SANT, the anti-tank missile. This air-to-air missile is an upgraded version of the HELINA missile. The strike range of the HELINA missile was 7 to 8 kilometres, whereas the SANT can hit a target with a precision up to 15 to 20 kilometres.
The SANT missiles have been developed to launch from HAL’s light combat helicopters, HAL Rudra mk4. Indian Air Force and Aviation Corps of the Indian Army have raised a combined demand for 4,000 SANT missiles. The DRDO will supply these missiles by the end of 2021.
On Sunday, the supersonic BrahMos missile was test fired from the indigenously-built stealth destroyer. The DRDO and the Indian defence forces conducted 13 tests of 12 missiles in the last five weeks. These tests become a warning for China, while the tension is increasing between India and China.