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The Indian Navy successfully conducted the first test firing of a domestically developed naval anti-ship missile from a Seaking helicopter on Wednesday, according to officials. The test took place at the Integrated Test Range (ITR) in Balasore, Odisha.

A senior Navy official stated, “This firing marks a significant advancement towards achieving self-reliance in missile technology and underscores the Indian Navy’s commitment to indigenisation.” The test was conducted in collaboration with the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO).

The Indian Navy shared a short video on Twitter showing the Seaking 42B helicopter launching the missile.

This test-firing occurred just over a month after the successful joint test-firing of an anti-ship version of the BrahMos supersonic cruise missile by the Indian Navy and the Andaman and Nicobar Command.

The Indian Navy continues to enhance its combat capabilities to safeguard India’s maritime security interests, particularly in the Indian Ocean region. Defence Minister launched two frontline warships, INS and INS Udaygiri, at the Mazagon Docks Limited (MDL) on Tuesday.

INS Surat is the fourth guided-missile destroyer of the P15B class, while INS Udaygiri is the second stealth frigate of the P17A class.

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